New data protection rules confirmed by Queen

Data protection agenda highlighted by The Queen

Plans for new data protection rules in the UK have been confirmed in the Queen's Speech.

The Queen said the UK would retain its "world-class" data protection regime.

The proposed Data Protection Bill will reflect plans described in the Conservative Party manifesto ahead of the general election in June.

In a document further detailing its plans, the government said its key priorities were:


  • Ensuring data protection rules were "suitable for the digital age
  • Empowering individuals to have more control over their personal data
  • Giving people the "right to be forgotten" when they no longer wanted a company to process their data - providing there were no legitimate grounds for a company retaining the data modernising data processing procedures for law enforcement agencies
  • Allowing police and the authorities to "continue to exchange information quickly and easily with international partners" to fight terrorism and other serious crimes

General Data Protection Regulation

The government also said it would implement the General Data Protection Regulation - new EU data protection rules due to come into force in 2018.

It said the new UK bill would ensure the country met its obligations while a member of the EU, and would help the UK maintain its "ability to share data with other EU members states and internationally after we leave the EU".

The new bill will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.

Responding to the speech, a spokesman for the technology industry trade body techUK said: "We support the government's commitment to maintain the UK's world-class protection of people's personal data. This will include implementing the General Data Protection Regulation, the biggest transformation of data protection rules in a generation."

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