People in the UK will have greater control over their personal data and will be able to ask social media channels to delete information they posted in their childhood. There will also be the right to be forgotten and crucially for charities, the reliance on default opt-out or pre-selected ‘tick boxes’, which are largely ignored, to give consent for organisations to collect personal data will also become a thing of the past. This is prompting many charities to adopt ‘opt-in only’ policies.
The Bill is a complete data protection system, so as well as governing general data covered by GDPR, it covers all other general data, law enforcement data and national security data. Furthermore, the Bill exercises a number of agreed modifications to the GDPR to make it work for the benefit of the UK in various areas.
This includes making scientific and historical research organisations such as museums and universities exempt from certain obligations which would impair their core functions.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “We are strengthening Britain’s data rules to make them fit for the digital age in which we live and that means giving people more control over their own data.
“There are circumstances where the processing of data is vital for our economy, our democracy and to protect us against illegality. Today, as we publish the Data Protection Bill, I am offering assurances to both the public and private sector that we are protecting this important work.”
Source: Charity Digital News