New data protection law - UK issues a Statement of Intent

Published On:Monday, August 7, 2017

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued a Statement of Intent regarding updates to the data protection framework in the UK. 

In the introduction, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, states that bringing data protection laws up to date:

"will ensure that we can remain assured that our data is safe as we move into a future digital world based on a system with more accountability, but less bureaucracy. The Bill includes tougher rules on consent, rights to access, rights to move and rights to delete data. Enforcement will be enhanced, and the [UK]Information Commissioner given the right powers to ensure consumers are appropriately safeguarded."

"To protect people’s privacy, while allowing and encouraging the innovation that digital technology allows, we must balance freedom and responsibility online".

"Bringing EU law into our domestic law will ensure that we help to prepare the UK for the future after we have left the EU. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (DPLED) have been developed to allow people to be sure they are in control of their personal information while continuing to allow businesses to develop innovative digital services without the chilling effect of over-regulation. Implementation will be done in a way that as far as possible preserves the concepts of the Data Protection Act to ensure that the transition for all is as smooth as possible, while complying with the GDPR and DPLED in full."

The Statement of Intent can be found on the DCMS website at: