UK Data Protection Bill - bringing EU’s GDPR into law

Ross MacKenzie
Tags: GDPR

Are you ready for GDPR? Almost half (48 percent) of businesses say they aren’t ready, according to a survey by Experian – and many businesses yet to start preparations give confusion over Brexit as the reason, and whether compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will be necessary – despite the UK leaving the EU a year after GDPR comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

This confusion has now been removed, following the UK government releasing details of the UK Data Protection Bill (Monday 7 August 2017), and which “will bring the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law,” (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport).

The Bill will give individuals greater control over their personal data, with businesses facing heaftier fines for non-compliance. The ICO – the Information Commissioner’s Office – and the UK’s data protection regulator will be able to impose fines of up to £17 million or 4 per cent of global turnover, for the most serious data breaches.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital said, “Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account.”

The Bill will:

  • Widen the definition of ‘personal data’, to include IP addresses, internet cookies and DNA
  • Make it simpler for individuals to refuse consent for the use of personal data
  • Enable individuals to request the erasure of personal data
  • Enable parents and guardians to give consent for a child’s data to be used
  • Make ‘explicit’ consent compulsory for sensitive personal data processing
  • Make it easier for individuals to move data between service providers, and easier and free to obtain personal data held across an organisation.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital said, “The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world. The Bill will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit.”

Cobweb has put together a package to support customers as they prepare for GDPR, incorporating collateral and advice forums.

“We’ve created a three-stage approach to help businesses steer through what can seem a daunting challenge,” says Michael Frisby, Cobweb MD. “The first phase is to define requirements, then to create a detailed plan of what’s needed to meet those requirements, and finally to look to the technology – solutions and services – available to help deliver those changes.

“Each phase is backed up by a series of activities – workshops, corporate assessments and clinics hosted by an independent GDPR implementation consultant, with the Cobweb team on-hand to advise on the technology requirements.

“Many of you attended the GDPR webinar back in June, and workshops in July –  and following the excellent feedback we’ll be holding a further workshop in September.”

Full details of this workshop, and the GDPR compliance journey package will be available shortly, and we’re also hosting a GDPR-focused event in Paddington, London on Thursday 2 November. Again, we’ll be posting a full agenda shortly.

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