Data Protection Bill: Commons Committee stage

06 March 2018

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 5 March 2018. The Bill passed Second reading and now moves to Committee stage in the Commons.

Public Bill Committee

Committee stage is where detailed examination of the Bill takes place. Most Committees are able to take evidence from experts and interest groups outside Parliament.

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The Data Protection Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The European Union’s data protection framework is changing from May 2018:

  • the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018
  • the Police and Criminal Justice Directive (the “Law Enforcement Directive” or LED) has to be transposed into law by 6 May 2018

The Bill has a number of purposes:

  • it sets out how the UK would apply the derogations available under the GDPR
  • it would bring the LED into UK law
  • it would update the laws governing the processing of personal data by the intelligence services
  • it aims to ensure that the UK would be able to freely exchange data with the European Union post-Brexit
  • it would repeal the Data Protection Act 1998.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Data Protection Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the Second Reading.

Data Protection Bill: previous Commons stages

Second Reading

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Tom Watson, responded on behalf of the opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading without a division and has been submitted to a Public Bill Committee. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee are expected to end on Tuesday 27 March 2018 but may finish earlier.

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