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DPL December 2016
 
2016: A year of question marks

 

2016. Wow! What a time to be alive, as some would say. For me there was a highlight that marks what this year has been about. Do you remember the opening scene of Four Weddings and A Funeral, when a half-awake Hugh Grant barely opening his eyes and looks at his alarm clock? Remember what happens next? That was me at 5:30 in the morning on Friday 24 June when I reached for my iPad and saw the headline: ‘The BBC forecasts the UK to leave the European Union’. Memorable... For most of us, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with many developments beyond our control affecting very directly our professional and personal lives.

On the whole, 2016 has been a year of question marks. A number of those questions were answered.  Is the UK ready for an unknown promised land in which the country can detach itself from its ties with the EU? ‘Yes’ was the response. Should a well-known businessman be tasked with changing the course of direction of the US in the world? ‘Yes’ was the outcome. Can the UK government justify the adoption of wholesale surveillance powers given the security threats we face? A definite ‘yes’ from Parliament. But the answers to the big 2016 questions have generated more questions which, in the data protection world at least, will take a lot of thinking and time to unravel.

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