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Data Protection Bill 2017

The Data Protection Bill 2017 will update data protection laws for the digital age and was introduced to the House of Lords on 13 September 2017. The Bill will replace the Data Protection Act of 1998 and will:

  • Make our data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever-increasing level of data is being processed.
  • Empower people to take control of their data.
  • Support UK businesses and organisations through the change.
  • Ensure that the UK is prepared for the future after we have left the EU.

The Bill provides greater clarity in areas such as Profiling, Legitimate Interest, Right to be Forgotten and will preserve​ ​existing​ ​tailored​ ​exemptions​ ​that​ ​have​ ​worked​ ​well​ ​in​ ​the Data​ ​Protection​ ​Act, ​ ​carrying​ ​them​ ​over​ ​to​ ​the​ ​new​ ​law​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that UK​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​organisations​ ​can​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​support​ ​world leading​ ​research, ​ ​financial​ ​services​ ​and​ ​legal​ ​services.