Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

The UK’s Data Protection and Digital Information (No 2) Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons on 17 April 2023. Completion of that formal stage in Parliamentary proceedings confirms approval of the Bill in principle. From there, the Bill moves into its committee stage for more detailed scrutiny. The second reading debate

The UK’s Data Protection and Digital information (No 2) Bill (the Bill) would remove the need for many organisations to appoint a Data Protection Officer. Instead, there would be an obligation on (i) public sector bodies, and (ii) organisations whose processing of personal data is likely to result in a “high risk” to the rights and freedoms of individuals to appoint a “Senior Responsible Individual” (SRI). Although presented as a measure to reduce administrative burdens and compliance costs, the requirement could have the opposite effect, also creating a role that carries significant personal risk for anyone willing to take it on.
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The second reading of the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (the Bill) has been delayed following the election of the new Conservative Party leader. The new date is yet to be announced, but in the meantime, it is worth analysing some of the key changes the Bill proposes. While it promises more flexibility and less ambiguity, practically speaking, the Bill may not represent a fundamental divergence from the current regime.
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