Data Sovereignty: what approach should the UK take?

26/05/2021 - 26/05/2021

‘Data Sovereignty: what approach should the UK take?’

in partnership with

Hewlett Packard Enterprise


  • The Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Minister of State for Media and Data – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Marc Waters, Managing Director UKIMEA – Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Simon Hansford, CEO – UKCloud
  • Professor Sadie Creese, Professor of Cybersecurity, Department of Computer Science – University of Oxford 
  • Amanda Brock, CEO – OpenUK

chaired by 

Robert Colvile
Director – Centre for Policy Studies

The question of who owns data, how it is governed and how it should flow between borders is a growing international issue. In a world where exponentially growing amounts of data need to be captured, stored, and analysed at all times, there are important concerns over its protection, use, and how to ensure value can be derived. As the world’s major economies begin to regulate their data landscapes, one of the key challenges is how to ensure that data created within nation states can be effectively utilised to the benefit of businesses, citizens and Governments alike. What approach should policy makers take to this increasingly important asset and how should it be governed?

Out of the EU, the UK now has the opportunity to leverage its new independence and flexibility to carve out a leading role in the field, but first it must address some fundamental questions. How should we regulate data, what outcomes should we be regulating for, and crucially, how do we ensure that the country benefits from the vast amounts of data being created inside our borders? As other nations begin to capitalise on their own data markets, do we need to take back control of ours?

This panel discussion will explore this question and the others around it, examining and debating the best route for the UK when it comes to regulating data, considering our strengths and weaknesses, and what action the Government should take now.

 This event took place on Wednesday 26th May at 10.00 – 11.00