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Lords concludes detailed check of Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

25 April 2024

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Members of the Lords concluded their line by line examination of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill at committee stage on Wednesday 24 April.

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill aims to update and simplify the UK’s data protection framework. 

It contains provisions to require social media companies to retain information in connection with an investigation into the death of a child who was suspected to have died by suicide. The bill will also legislate to increase fines for nuisance calls as well as reduce 'user consent' pop-ups and banners. 

The 2023-2024 session of Parliament ended (prorogued) on 24 May 2024 ahead of the General Election on 4 July and so this bill will make no further progress.

Information on the bill's consideration in the House of Lords can be found below:

Line by line examination

Committee stageis the first chance for line by line examination of the bill. 

Proposed changes 

Members speaking on the final day of committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) to the bill to be discussed, on subjects including:

  • using evidence from computer records
  • retaining internet use information of a deceased child
  • registers of births and deaths.

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Explore further information

Find out more about the issues discussed in the House of Lords Library briefing.

What's happened so far?

Committee stage day six: Monday 22 April

Members speaking on day six of committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) to the bill to be discussed, on subjects including:

  • performance of online advertising
  • automatic consent to the use of cookies
  • unsolicited calls for personal injury claims.

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Committee stage day five: Wednesday 17 April

Members speaking on day five of committee stage put forward amendments to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including imposing levies on data holders and regarding carbon and energy intensity as 'business data'.

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Committee stage day four: Monday 15 April

Members speaking on day four of committee stage have put forward amendments to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including the international transfer of data.

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Committee stage day three: Wednesday 27 March

Members speaking on day three of committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including:

  • automated decision-making
  • use of the Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard by all persons exercising a public function including government departments and public authorities.

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Committee stage day two: Monday 25 March

Members speaking on day two of committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including amendments to UK GDPR.

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Committee stage day one: Wednesday 20 March

Members speaking on day one of committee stage put forward amendments (PDF) (changes) to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including:

  • data protection for children
  • defining the term 'data community'.

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Second reading 

Second reading, a full debate on the key principles of the bill, took place on Tuesday 19 December 2023. 

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