Members of the Lords, including the former government digital champion and a former deputy assistant commissioner of the Met Police, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Data Protection Bill during second reading, on 10 October 2017.
Members discussed the key points raised by the bill including data protection reform, the processing of personal data for security and law enforcement purposes and minimum requirements for companies' age verification systems.
Members also raised issues relating to European Union withdrawal legislation and the flow of data between the EU and the UK post-Brexit.
Committee stage, the first chance to amend the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
Data Protection Bill
This bill will aim to:
- update the UK’s data protection regime in accordance with new rules agreed at a European level
- repeal and replace the Data Protection Act 1998
- update regulations on four main matters: data processing; law enforcement data processing; data processing for national security purposes; and regulatory oversight and enforcement
- update the enforcement powers available to the Information Commissioner and introduce new offences relating to the processing of personal data, amongst other measures