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Queen’s speech broadcasts new laws to protect personal data

Just last week, plans for new laws on data protection in the UK were confirmed in Queen Elizabeth II’s Speech.

It was highlighted that The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998, ensuring data protection rules were “suitable for the digital age” and entitle individuals and consumers to have “more control over their personal data”. The GDPR is said to be the greatest revolution of data protection rules in our generation.

The UK government is ready to implement the GDPR come May 2018 and companies should be working towards becoming compliant well ahead of the new rules. The GDPR programme should be an imperative part of any organisation’s operation.

The speech emphasised the fact that businesses will now have a legal obligation to meet data protection standards. The new bill, as outlined in the Queen’s Speech suggests the UK has plans to tighten the rules on data processing even further in the future of the GDPR, after the UK has left the EU.

Data protection bill

Straight from the Prime Minister’s office at 10 Downing Street, GOV.UK published: What some of the announcements in the Queen’s Speech 2017 could mean for you”. Section 4.2 presents the Data Protection Bill and here’s what it says:

The Bill will fulfil a manifesto commitment to ensure the UK has a data protection regime that is fit for the 21st century. The Bill will:

  • ensure that our data protection framework is suitable for our new digital age, and cement the UK’s position at the forefront of technological innovation, international data sharing and protection of personal data
  • strengthen rights and empower individuals to have more control over their personal data including a right to be forgotten when individuals no longer want their data to be processed, provided that there are no legitimate grounds for retaining it
  • establish a new data protection regime for non-law enforcement data processing, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998
  • modernise and update the regime for data processing by law enforcement agencies

Click here to read the full policy paper. Or contact us to find out how we can help you and your clients become compliant with the GDPR.