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Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Minor and consequential amendments (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend mentioned some people he wanted to thank, and there is one other person I want to thank: my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford). She was involved with the development of the GDPR in the European Parliament right from the start, and I want to put on the record our thanks, and my personal thanks, for her guidance. She has lived with the Bill for far longer than...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Minor and consequential amendments (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. What a great pleasure this is. The Bill gives people more power and control over their lives online while supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital age. It will deliver real benefits across the country and help our businesses to compete and trade abroad. Strong data protection laws give customers confidence in the...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The right hon. Gentleman is not making much progress. He is implying that broadcasters are under regulation but there is no chilling effect. The description of a chilling effect, raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp), is the expected impact of section 40, under which anybody would be able to take a newspaper to court and get costs awarded against the newspaper...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The police inquiries and the prosecutions that followed were exhaustive, so much so that in 2015, the Director of Public Prosecutions said that the end had been reached of the need to inquire further into those criminal acts. Of course, the criminal acts were punished, and people were convicted and went to prison. Crucially, the arrival of the internet has fundamentally changed the landscape....

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: In the period in which people have raised concerns and said that they must be looked into in Leveson 2, every one that has been raised with me was covered in Leveson 1. Leveson 1 was exhaustive, and there were then police investigations, which went further. My judgment is about what is right now, and the challenges the press face now are fundamentally different.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I think the representations from the press themselves show that they are not looking for help of that sort. Let us, however, look at the public: there is not a great public cry for this. In response to the consultation, 79% of direct responses favoured the full repeal of section 40. It is my job to address what we face now and the needs of the country now.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Through new clause 23, as I have mentioned, we will require the Information Commissioner to conduct a statutory review of media compliance with the new law over the next four years. Alongside that review, we propose to have a named person review the standards of the press in Northern Ireland, and we will take that forward as part of and alongside new clause 23.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I would characterise it as a review aligned with new clause 23, which we are bringing in for the whole country, specifically to look at the effects in Northern Ireland. The crucial point is that we will make sure, through the review in new clause 23, that the future of the press is both free and reasonable, that its behaviour is reasonable, and yet that it is not subject to statutory...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I have explained that new clause 23, which I hope the right hon. Gentleman supports, will bring in a review in the future of behaviour following the new system that we are putting into place. That is true here, and it is true right across the country.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: New clause 23 is for the whole of the UK, which includes Northern Ireland. On the hon. Gentleman’s broader point, I have read the Kerslake review, and we asked to see all the evidence that fed into it, but we have not received specific allegations. The crucial point is that the low-cost IPSO arbitration is precisely to make sure that everybody has access to justice and that the press...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I absolutely will. This is the sort of thing that I am trying to put right. It is about making sure that the system is right now: rather than going over the past—there is an enormous amount of evidence of what happened in the past—this is about making sure that we look to the future. The hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) mentioned Northern Ireland and the review I...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: If there are allegations of criminal activity—the hon. Gentleman has just made such an allegation—then that is a matter for the courts.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: In a way, the hon. Gentleman has summed up my case. My case is that we want a press that is free and that is fair. Statutes already exist to ensure that, when there are cases of wrongdoing, people can be brought to account through the courts. That already exists, and we now also have a system of compulsory, low-cost arbitration to make sure everybody can get recourse. I am focused on ensuring...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: New clause 23 is about ensuring that in the future there is a review of activity from now onwards, and alongside it we will ensure that there is a named person to ensure that the issues in Northern Ireland are looked into properly. Overall, I want to ensure that the law that applies to the press is applied fairly, and that we have a free press and one that is responsible. I therefore oppose...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The Data Protection Bill sets out a full new data protection regime for Britain, giving people more control over their data. First, I wish to address new clauses 20 and 21, before turning to the other new clauses. These new clauses are essentially the provisions contained in sections 40 and 42 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, although they would apply only to breaches of data protection law...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I will come on to what has changed in the many years since 2013, not least of which is the fact that we now have a full-blown independent press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which did not exist back then.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: There is no recognised press regulator other than Impress. As many journalists have pointed out, the truth is that these new clauses would have made it near impossible to uncover some of the stories of abuse, including the abuse of all those children in Rotherham. Another example is that of Mark Stephens, who represented phone hacking victims. He wrote today that the new clauses would...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We have three separate systems of media regulation in this country: a separate system for broadcasters; an essentially self-regulated system under IPSO for newspapers; and then there is the issue of how we make sure that what happens online is properly regulated as well. I will come on to that last point, because it is a very important part of the debate. The impact of the new clauses on the...


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