UK: Government Issues New Data Protection Bill

On September 13, 2017 a new Data Protection Bill, which was prepared by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, was issued, seeking to address the demands of an increasingly digitalised society. The bill also includes new standards in accordance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and makes preparations for the UK's exit from the EU.

By replacing the Data Protection Act 1998, the government is hoping to provide a modern framework for data protection, strengthening sanctions for malpractice, including new standards aligned to the GDPR and providing new rights to move or delete personal data.

The main provisions of the bill are:

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