Data Protection vs. GDPR

Data Protection vs. GDPR

The UK Government today announced new measures to strengthen UK Data Protection Laws.
Releasing a statement of intent, Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock commented, “The new Data Protection Bill…will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit.”

Many of us know that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be coming into force in May 2018. So how do these two new pieces of legislation fit together?

The  GDPR and UK Data Protection Bill

Essentially, we understand that the reason behind today’s proposed new Data Protection Bill is to introduce the principles of the GDPR into UK law smoothly.

“The Bill will bring the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law, helping Britain prepare for a successful Brexit.” –

The new Data Protection Bill appears to include all the principles of the GDPR. Core points include:

  • Expanding the definition of Personal Data to include ‘online identifiers’, such as cookies and IP addresses
  • Widening individuals’ rights to access and request changes to their data
  • Allowing people to ask for their data to be erased

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