This Briefing Paper has been prepared for the second reading of the Data Protection Bill [HL] 2017-19 on 5 March 2018.Jump to full report >>
The European Union’s data protection framework is changing from May 2018:
The Data Protection Bill [HL] 2017-19 [Bill 153] was introduced in the House of Commons on 18 January 2018. This paper has been prepared for the Bill’s second reading on 5 March 2018.
The Bill has a number of purposes:
The Bill was originally introduced in the House of Lords on 13 September 2017 where it was broadly welcomed by the opposition parties. However concerns were raised in a number of areas, mainly in relation to the GDPR and its exemptions. These included:
At Report stage, the Government was defeated on amendments relating to press regulation – i.e. on commencing part 2 of the Leveson inquiry and on bringing section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 into force.
In a statement on 1 March 2018, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State announced that the Government was formally closing the Leveson inquiry. He also said that section 40 would not be commenced and would be repealed at the “earliest opportunity”.
The Bill would extend to the whole of the UK.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8214
Authors: John Woodhouse; Joanna Dawson