Matt Hancock Announces that Government will Strengthen Data Protection

Matt Hancock, the Minister of State for Digital, has said that the Government is looking to strengthen the rights of the individual with a new Data Protection Bill. The bill will aim to make it easier for individuals to request data about them be deleted, for parents and guardians to have more control over data relating to their children and for explicit consent to be needed before processing sensitive personal data.

Hancock said in a statement:

“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.

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”.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, said in a statement:

“We are pleased the government recognises the importance of data protection, its central role in increasing trust and confidence in the digital economy and the benefits the enhanced protections will bring to the public”.