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UK: Data Protection and Digital Information Bill introduced in Parliament

On November 8, 2023, the UK Parliament introduced the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (the Bill) which carries over the Data Protection and Digital Information (No. 2) Bill (Bill No.2), and reintroduces it in the 2023-24 session. In particular, on November 7, 2023, the Parliament confirmed that the Public Bill Committee completed its work and reported to the House of Commons in session 2022-23 regarding Bill No.2 including amendments. The Parliament also noted that the Bill is now due to have its report stage and third reading on a date to be announced, detailing that amendments can be made to it at the Report Stage. 

The explanatory notes prepared by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, among other bodies, provide that the Bill is intended to update and simplify the UK's data protection framework with a view to reducing burdens on organizations while maintaining high data protection standards. Furthermore, the Bill would, amongst other things: 

  • provide organizations with greater flexibility on how to comply with certain aspects of the data protection legislation;
  • improve the clarity of the framework, particularly for research organizations; and
  • provide more certainty and stability for cross-border flows of personal data.

It also extends data-sharing powers under Section 35 of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2017 to include businesses, with a view to better enabling targeted government services to support business growth, to deliver joined-up public services, and to reduce legal barriers to data-sharing.

You can read the press release here, the bill here, the explanatory notes here, and track its progress here.

Update: November 29, 2023

Data Protection and Digital Information Bill passes third reading

On November 29, 2023, the Bill passed its report stage and was read for a third time by the House of Commons, and will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration.

You can read the Bill here, the explanatory notes here, and track its progress here.