Following the second reading of the Data Protection Bill in the House of Lords, the Committee stage will take place on 30th October. View the Bill’s progress here.
On 17th October digital minister Matt Hancock gave a keynote speech to the Institute of Directors Digital Strategy Summit. He spoke about the Government’s Digital Strategy and its commitment to building a world-class digital infrastructure for the UK. Find the full speech here.
Caroline Nokes, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Cabinet Office, has confirmed that the rights of citizens will be unaffected by the decision not to incorporate Article 8 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights into the Data Protection Bill. Ms Nokes explained in response to a question from Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, that the Charter was only intended as a catalogue of rights already written into law and “not the source of rights contained within it”. Ms Nokes reiterated the Government commitment to implementing the GDPR. Read Ms Nokes’s full response here.
In response to a question from Darren Jones MP, digital minister Matt Hancock, confirmed that the Data Protection Bill will require the Information Commissioner to prepare statutory data sharing and direct marketing codes of practice. The Commissioner will be required to submit these codes to the Secretary of State and they will then be laid before Parliament for consideration. Read more here.
Stephen Timms MP tabled a question asking whether the GDPR requires consent for postal direct marketing to change from opt out to opt in. Mr Hancock responded that both the GDPR and Data Protection Bill will require either clearer and affirmative consent from individuals to be sought, or apply additional safeguards where data processing is allowed in the absence of consent. Read the full response here.
On 17th October the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham gave a keynote speech at the Institute of Directors Digital Strategy Summit. She spoke about the three pillars of the GDPR – accountability, transparency, and consumer control – that will give people agency over their information. Read the full speech here.
Ms Denham also used the IoD speech to announce that on 1st November the ICO will launch a dedicated service to help advise small enterprises on how to get ready for the GDPR. The ICO is also revising its simple-to-use SME toolkit into a GDPR checklist that will allow businesses to identify gaps in their own preparation for the new law. Read more here.
The ICO is inviting Data Protection Practitioners to register their interest in attending the Data Protection Practitioner Conference on 9 April 2018. Registration closes on 8 December with places allocated in January. Usually, one place will be offered to each organisation and if accepted, a £50 fee would be required.