Digital rights post-Brexit

Regulatory divergence in the UK and the EU

Since leaving the EU, the United Kingdom has new autonomy to explore differing approaches to regulating the digital economy and is seeking to deliver the potential benefits of regulatory divergence. This dossier considers the emerging issues within each major area of policy intervention – data protection, content policy and competition – to help policy makers in Europe and the UK begin a discussion about the potential effects of EU-UK divergence, to begin to think about where co-operation may still be needed, and, if this cannot be achieved, the best way to deal with the impacts they may be dealt with.

Policy papers

Blog posts

Cooperation partner

Open Rights Group (ORG) is a UK-based privacy, data and digital rights campaigning organisation. Founded in 2005 by a group of grassroots activists, we now have over 20,000 members and supporters and 13 local groups across the UK. Our members and supporters inform our policy, power our campaigns and help us bring about change.

We uphold human rights in the digital age. We condemn and work against repressive laws or systems that deny people these rights.

  1. We DEFINE emerging harms and abuses through our research and investigation.
  2. We PERSUADE allies and adversaries through our policy advocacy.
  3. We EQUIP civil society partners to incorporate digital advocacy into their work through our coalition building.
  4. We MOBILISE our members and supporters across the UK through our public campaigns.
  5. We CONFRONT threats to our fundamental rights through our litigation.

We campaign, lobby, go to court – whatever it takes to build and support a movement for freedom in the digital age. We work across three main areas:

  • Combating Big Tech and Platform Power
  • Combating State Intrusion into Rights Online
  • Promoting the Rights of Marginalised and Minority Communities against Digital Threats

ORG was heavily involved in the process leading up to the enactment of the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA 2018”), and we worked on issues such as data retention, the use of personal data in the COVID-19 pandemic, data protection enforcement, and online advertising. We have successfully litigated a number of data protection and privacy cases, ranging from challenges to the lawfulness of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act at the European Court of Human Rights, to being a party at the Watson case against UK data retention, to the recent challenge against the Immigration Exemption in the Data Protection Act.