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Lords continues scrutiny of Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

16 April 2024

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Members of the Lords continue their detailed check of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill at committee stage on Wednesday 17 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. 

Line by line examination

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

Proposed changes 

Nine days of committee stage have been scheduled so far: 

  • Wednesday 20 March
  • Monday 25 March
  • Wednesday 27 March
  • Monday 15 April
  • Wednesday 17 April
  • Monday 22 April
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Monday 29 April
  • Wednesday 1 May.

Members speaking on day five of committee stage have put forward amendments to the bill to be discussed, covering a range of subjects, including transfers of personal data overseas and personal data used for research, archives and statistics.

How to follow

Explore further information

Find out more about the issues to be discussed in the House of Lords Library Data Protection and Digital Information Bill briefing.

What's happened so far?

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.

Catch up

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.

Catch up

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.

Catch up

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'.

Catch up 

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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