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 ››
The ICO on the 4th
of July 2017 took a step forward with regards to privacy protection for the UK public from overseas data protection threats and risks, by publishing its first ever International Strategy document
. This document supports the earlier ICO 'Information Rights Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021'
document and is set to help the ICO meet overseas data protection challenges in a globalised world, including those in relation to key areas such as the GDPR and Brexit.
The document sets out what the ICO sees as its main international concerns over the next four years, which are:
- Operating as an effective and influential data protection authority at European level while the UK remains a member of the EU and when the UK has left the EU, or during any transitional period.
- Maximising the ICO’s relevance and delivery against its objectives in an increasingly globalised world with rapid growth of online technologies.
- Ensuring that UK … Continue Reading ››