In UK responsibility for government data use to return to Government Digital Service

A Cabinet Office spokesperson, mentioned that it will allow the government to make the best use of data to deliver the best possible services for the people of the UK.

In UK responsibility for government data use to return to Government Digital Service
In UK responsibility for government data use to return to Government Digital Service

In UK responsibility for government data use to return to Government Digital Service

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of U.K., announced that the responsibility for guiding the government’s use of data is to return to the Government Digital Service (GDS) from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). A new team, inclusive of five policymakers from DCMS who will form the foundation, will be established in GDS to oversee the government data work.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson, mentioned that it will allow the government to make the best use of data to deliver the best possible services for the people of the UK. He also added that it will enable gross-government work to be carried out, ensuring data is managed ethically while providing clear accountability through one central government department.

DCMS remains in charge of data policy as it pertains to the economy and society at large. The department is understood to also retain responsibility for delivering the UK’s first National Data Strategy – which, after more than two years for work to date, is due to publish by the end of 2020.

The department stated that they remain committed to delivering an ambitious, pro-growth National Data Strategy later this year.