UK Data Protection Index full report published

The Data Protection World Forum and The DPO Centre and jointly published the first UK Data Protection Index, a unique survey based on a panel of UK data protection and privacy professionals.

The main findings include:

  • Data protection profession calls for greater investment as privacy issues grow in importance
  • Impact of Brexit is a key concern as dataflows between the UK and rest of world become more complex
  • Most practitioners believe UK is ahead of other countries in how it manages data protection and privacy

Nick James, chief executive of the Data Protection World Forum, said: “This is a unique listening exercise for us which, over time, will reveal what practitioners really think about the issues around them – and also what they think of themselves as a profession. I would urge any UK-based data protection practitioner to consider joining the panel.”

Rob Masson, CEO of The DPO Centre, said: “Data protection is one of the fastest growing areas of business in the UK and Covid-19 has placed it firmly at the top of the agenda for most companies.  The initial findings from the  Index show how vital it is for organisations to get this right because it impacts across every part of your business from employees, to clients to dealing with regulatory authorities.”

The UK Data Protection Index (organised by the Data Protection World Forum and The DPO Centre) will run every quarter and over time will build a unique picture of the profession and its views. You can download the report here. If you are a UK-based data protection practitioner and would like to join the panel, you can find out more at


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