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On 14 September 2017, the Government published the long-awaited draft of the Data Protection Bill (the Bill). The Bill was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 (see our previous blog) and will incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the GDPR) into UK law.

Authors: Cynthia O'Donoghue Philip Thomas

Background

The Bill “will make data protection laws fit for the digital age”1 in which an ever-increasing amount of data is being processed and it will empower people to take control of their own data. As outlined in the statement of intent which the Government published in August (see our previous blog on this), the Bill will derogate from the GDPR in a number of areas as discussed below.

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham published a statement on 14 September 2017: “The introduction of the Data Protection Bill is welcome as it will put in place one of the final pieces of much needed data protection reform. Effective, modern data protection laws with robust safeguards are central to securing the public’s trust and confidence in the use of personal information within the digital economy, the delivery of public services and the fight against crime. I will be providing my own input as necessary during the legislative process.”