The UK Government has published a statement of intent, setting out details of the forthcoming Data Protection Bill. The Bill will be published next month and will give effect to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the UK from May 2018.
The statement follows on from the Government’s “call for views” in April on how it should implement the permitted exemptions within the GDPR (to which it received 324 responses) and the Government’s commitment to introducing the Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
The Digital Minister noted that the “Bill will bring our data protection laws up to date…and will both support innovation, and ensure that we can remain assured that our data is safe as we move into a future digital world”. The Minister also promised that the new Bill “will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world” that “protect[s] privacy, strengthens rights and empowers individuals to have more control over their personal data”.
The Bill will apply to all personal data, not just personal data that falls within areas of EU competence. It will preserve much of the content of the GDPR, although the Government has confirmed its intention to apply exemptions from the GDPR, two of which will make the Bill more palatable to business.
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