New data protection bill threatens non-compliant firms with fines up to 17m
The UK government has announced a new data protection bill to give individuals greater control of their online data, with businesses facing non-compliance fines of up to 17m.
Designed to shore up the nation’s cyber defences and make Britain the most secure? place to do business online, the data protection bill will bring the the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law.
Primarily, the bill will introduce measures to make it easier for consumers to withdraw consent for the use of their personal data, and enable individuals to require an organisation to disclose the personal data it holds on them.
Processing ‘sensitive? personal data will require the explicit? consent of the individual, while the definition of personal data will extend to include IP addresses, internet cookies and DNA.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) stated that business owners would be supported to ensure customer and user data was managed and stored securely, while fines up to four per cent of annual turnover would only be used as a last resort? for extreme recklessness.
Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital, said both companies and customers would be protected by the new data protection bill.
our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account, he said in a statement.
Alongside fresh obligations for businesses to protect information, new criminal offences will also be created to prevent organisations from intentionally or recklessly? creating situations where anonymous users can be identified.
Hancock added: The new data protection bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world.
the bill will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit. We have some of the best data science in the world and this new law will help it to thrive.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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