On 7 August, the UK government released its statement of intent, which set out its proposals for a Data Protection Bill (the “Bill”) to replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) and “bring data protection laws in the UK up to date”.

In the forward to the statement of intent, Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, outlines that the Bill, due to be published in September, will “allow the UK to continue to set the gold standard on data protection”.

The Bill’s primary function will be to bring the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) into domestic law (although technically the GDPR will have direct effect in the UK from 25 May 2018, the government appears to be taking this approach to ensure these new data protection laws will continue to apply following Brexit). A summary of the primary changes that the GDPR will … Continue Reading ››