Data Protection a right to be forgotten, UK act amended

The UK government has release a data protection bill that will give individuals the right to be forgotten.  Individuals will have the right to ask social media such as Twitter and Facebook for personal data to be removed.

Data protection eyeMatt Hancock the governments digital minister said:

“The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world.  It will give people more control over their data, require more consent for its use, and prepare Britain for Brexit.  We have some best data science in the world and this new law will help it thrive.”

The bill itself purpose is to make it easier to withdraw consent for the use of personal data.  All this while still allowing parents and guardians to give consent for children’s data to be used. Now organisations will have to gain explicit consent before sensitive data is used.

Personal data is also going to also now include IP addresses and internet cookies.  DNA will also be included in this type of personal data.  This could be a way of looking forward into bio metrics in computing.  We already have facial recognition, finger print and iris recognition.  Not just in computing but these features exist in your smart phones.

It is also looking at different ways in which an individual can request an organisation to release information held them. Although this does exist in one form or another today the process is complicated and difficult to achieve.

This will bring the UK also in light with the new EU’s very own change in General Protection Regulation which is set be in force from May 25th 2018.  Allowing data to be exchanged more easily between the UK and Europe even after Brexit.

The ICO, Information Commissioner’s Office, will be given greater powers to defend consumer interests.  They will be able to issue fines as high as £17 million if organisations for the more serious data breaches.

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