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Data protection bill first reading September

Post by Admin on Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:51 am

The UK's new legislation on data protection is to get its first airing in Parliament next month, the government has said.

The Data Protection Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech at the end of June, will replace existing data protection legislation on both corporate data and data processing by law enforcement agencies.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport confirmed to The Reg that the aim was to introduce the Bill when the House returns from summer recess in September.

The Bill will also bring the UK's laws into line with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May 2018.

Although the UK is leaving the EU, it will have to adhere to the GDPR for about a year as a member state, and – if it wants to continue exchanging data with EU countries – will have to demonstrate compliance even after Brexit.

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee recently called on the UK to seek an adequacy decision from the EU that certifies it provides the right standard of protection.

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