UK data protection laws to be overhauled
Data protection proposals in the UK are part of an overhaul of UK data protection laws drafted under Digital Minister, Matt Hancock. The bill will transfer the European Union's GDPR into UK law.
"The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world”, Hancock said. "It will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit."
Proposals included in the bill will make it simpler for people to withdraw consent for their personal data to be used, let people ask for data to be deleted, require firms to obtain "explicit" consent when they process sensitive personal data, expand personal data to include IP addresses, DNA and small text files known as cookies, and make re-identifying people from anonymized or pseudonymized data a criminal offence, among other benefits.