28 Sep Data laws to be made fit for digital age
The Government has today outlined vital protections and flexibilities for the nation’s world-leading research, financial services, journalism and legal services as part of its plans to update data protection legislation for the modern era.
- Bill will introduce safeguards to prevent and detect fraud, protect the freedom of the press, allow scientific research and maintain the integrity of professional sports
- Specifically includes measures to allow action against terrorist financing, money laundering and child abuse
- Processing done for legitimate interests will be allowed if it achieves a balance with individuals’ rights
The Data Protection Bill will make data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empower people to take control of their data.
With individual data rights being strengthened, it is the Government’s view that, as far as possible, existing lawful data processing should be allowed to continue.
So the Bill assures specific UK businesses and organisations the vital data processing they undertake for legal or public interest reasons can continue uninterrupted.
It will preserve existing tailored exemptions that have worked well in the Data Protection Act 1998, carrying them over to the new law.
The government successfully negotiated these exemptions from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation to create a proportionate data protection regime which is right for Britain.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said:
“We are strengthening Britain’s data rules to make them fit for the digital age in which we live and that means giving people more control over their own data.
There are circumstances where the processing of data is vital for our economy, our democracy and to protect us against illegality. Today, as we publish the Data Protection Bill, I am offering assurances to both the public and private sector that we are protecting this important work.”