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New Data Protection Bill published

03/10/2017

 

The UK government has published the Data Protection Bill, which received its first reading in the House of Lords on 13 September 2017. 

The Bill is a complex document over 200 pages long, with seven parts, 194 sections and 18 schedules. The Explanatory Notes published alongside it are themselves over 100 pages long. As explained in the Notes, the purpose of the Bill is to “provide a comprehensive legal framework for data protection in the UK”. The Data Protection Act 1998 will be repealed.

The GDPR provides the primary framework and the Bill seeks to ensure that its effect will be retained in UK law post-Brexit. The Bill both adopts the GDPR’s terms and implements the Member States’ exemption and derogation powers it contains. The Bill also seeks to extend the application of the GDPR to non-EU matters and incorporates provisions relating to national security.

The Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 10 October 2017.

 

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