Consumers: Data Protection:Written question - 67205

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 March 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Consumers: Data Protection
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to improve public trust in the private sector management of consumer data.
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 14 March 2017

The Information Commissioner is the UK's independent authority responsible for administering and enforcing information rights and provides guidance and advice to individuals and organisations on, among other things, the protection of consumer's data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has a number of tools at its disposal to take action against those that breach the legislation. These powers include the ability to conduct audits, serve enforcement notices and impose civil monetary penalties of up to £500,000.

The Government has announced it would be implementing the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 2018. Amongst other protections offered, the GDPR provides consumers with increased control over how their personal data is processed. This, along with other measures in the GDPR, aims to boost consumer trust in the processing of their personal data.

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