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Data Protection law overhaul

07 August 2017

Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government.

The public will be given more control over their personal data and be better protected in the digital age under new measures announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock.

The proposals, to come in a Data Protection Bill, include the right to be forgotten and a requirement for social media platforms to delet personal information on children and adults when asked.

Under the plans reliance on default opt-out or pre-selected ‘tick boxes’, which are largely ignored, to give consent for organisations to collect personal data, will also become a thing of the past.

The government said that businesses will be supported to ensure they are able to manage and secure data properly. The data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will also be given more power to defend consumer interests and issue higher fines, of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover, in cases of most serious data breaches.

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