Data Protection bill reintroduced by government

A new data protection bill has been introduced by the government in an attempt to create a UK version of GDPR rules set by the European Union. 

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was first introduced last year before being paused ahead of a slight redesign with business leaders. 

Developments in the new bill will see the introduction of a ‘business-friendly’ framework to comply with data laws as well as a reduction in the amount of paperwork that businesses will need to complete according to the government.

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Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan claimed that the new laws would free British businesses from ‘unnecessary red tape’, she said: ‘Co-designed with business from the start, this new Bill ensures that a vitally important data protection regime is tailored to the UK’s own needs and our customs. 

‘Our system will be easier to understand, easier to comply with, and take advantage of the many opportunities of post-Brexit Britain. No longer will our businesses and citizens have to tangle themselves around the barrier-based European GDPR.’ 

It is also hoped that new measures will decrease the amount of pop ups that consumers face when using the internet by giving organisations greater clarity on when they can process a users data without consent. 

The government expects the reforms to ‘unlock £4.7bn in savings’ for the UK economy over the next ten years. 

The UK’s Information Commissioner, John Edwards, said: ‘I welcome the reintroduction of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill and support its ambition to enable organisations to grow and innovate whilst maintaining high standards of data protection rights. 

‘Data protection law needs to give people confidence to share their information to use the products and services that power our economy and society.’ 

The reintroduction of the bill marks a step forward for Ms Donelan’s new department which recently outlined its aims, including a focus on innovation.

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