The General Data Protection Bill to update law for the digital age

In a statement released by the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the announcement that “The Data Protection Bill will update data protection laws for the digital age, was introduced to the House of Lords on 13 September 2017”, was an interesting twist in the already complex world that the UK are facing on preparations for data protection changes.

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But the Data Protection Bill has a new approach to how the UK government is going to implement GDPR laws that are due to be enforced on the 25th May 2018 and some added extras that have been in the planning for a little while now.

So what does this mean for your organisation?

We knew that the existing Data Protection Act of 1998 was going to be replaced and that GDP Regulations were coming into law. But these GDPR laws will be enforced across the EU, not just the UK.

The Data Protection Bill is being brought in to enhance UK law in specific areas:

New amendments will make a criminal offence of not responding to a Subject Access Request or destroying data inlight of a SAR request.

Right to be forgotten: Unlike GDPR, this will also mean that people can ask social media channels to delete information they posted in their childhood.

The following UK clarification also details more on an exemption clause for the GDPR. Workers in several key fields who need to handle sensitive personal data without the owner’s consent would be protected by the exemptions.

More controversially this Data Protection Bill will set the age from which parental consent is not needed to process data online at age 13.

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