Results 161–180 of 3723 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Hancock

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: We have had an inquiry that investigated what happened in the past. It cost millions of pounds: a total of £48 million was spent, including on the police investigations. There were three separate police investigations and over 40 convictions. The issue of the gentleman mentioned this morning was raised in the Leveson inquiry. The idea that we need to have a new inquiry is actually...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The right hon. Gentleman has made this point in these debates several times, and I want to reassure him on the Government’s precise position. I stated this in my remarks, not speaking from notes, but let me read to him what the Prime Minister said in her speech on Friday: “we will be seeking more than just an adequacy arrangement and want to see an appropriate ongoing role for the...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I hate to take the wind out of the right hon. Gentleman’s sails, but it was unusual to receive that letter from techUK, because rarely as a Minister have I been lobbied so strongly in support of my own position.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: As the hon. Gentleman may or may not know, it is entirely standard to count in that way. The same was done on the questions of equal marriage and of BBC charter reform, because there is a material difference between clicking a button to sign a preformed digital signature and writing in separately. This is how things have been in other big consultations. It is entirely normal, and the full...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This House has a noble track record of working with rather than against technology. Whether it was the Electric Lighting Act 1882, which paved the way for electricity in the 19th century, or the Television Act 1954, which opened up our airwaves to commercial TV broadcasters in the 20th century, we have always helped pioneers to overcome...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I absolutely do, and the Bill does bring forward the right to the protection of personal data, as I will set out. It is incredibly important to ensure that such rights keep pace with the sort of modern technologies that the hon. Lady—she is extremely well informed on these topics—refers to, such as the internet of things. The Bill will directly address the issue she raises by...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. Everyone who is a British citizen will have the right to make sure that data about them is held fairly and accurately, and in alignment with rigorous principles. The hon. and learned Lady raises obliquely the point that the Bill contains important exemptions, including those to allow MPs to act on behalf of constituents as part of their casework, and to ensure that we can...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, of course. Exemptions from the GDPR are allowed so that necessary activities can be carried out, including that of making sure that a minority of individuals cannot abuse data protection law with the sole intent of undermining immigration controls. That is provided for in the necessary exemptions. I know that this point was debated extensively in the other place, but we firmly believe...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course, there are always legal opinions about everything, and our legal opinion is that that is consistent—that is the basis on which we are proceeding. As I am sure the vast majority of Members would agree, it is important that we control our borders. The Bill provides new data rights, including a stronger right to be forgotten.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I can.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: Of course.

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I will happily respond to both points. Under the Bill, data must be deleted unless there are legitimate grounds for retaining it. The details of what is meant by legitimate grounds will be set out in recitals and then guidance from the Information Commissioner. This is one area in which the right to be forgotten, which has been long dreamt of and thought about, is now being legislated for,...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend about not limiting the rights of the free press. He might be aware of amendments that were made in the other place on exactly that issue and which are supported by a number of Members of this House, including, notably, some who are also supported by Max Mosley. I think that we should remove those two provisions. The ability of our press properly to...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I agree that this is a strong set of data protection standards. We intend to stay aligned with the EU standards, not least because they are extraterritorial, which means that anyone wanting to do any business or transactions with EU citizens would have to follow them anyway. There is therefore a very strong case for alignment in this area. Indeed, we have set out that we want the Information...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I thought I had answered the question— the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) was nodding, so I thought I had at least had a crack at it. As the Prime Minister set out on Friday, and as we set out for the first time last August, we will seek, through the Information Commissioner’s Office, to remain engaged in those technical discussions about the future of the rules....

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I have received representations not only from the National Association of Local Councils, but from the Suffolk Association of Local Councils and many of my own parish councils—including Moulton Parish Council—which do an admirable job in telling me about the pressures facing parish councils throughout the country. I pay tribute to them for their efforts, and for the length of...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I am glad that there is a telephone line. I am sure that the Information Commissioner will be watching the debate, and will hear the plea for clear guidance on how small organisations in particular should implement data protection standards, whether they are small councils or small businesses. However, the Information Commissioner’s Office has already provided clearer guidance, as well...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: The Bill does not change the freedom of information regime. However, it does establish a data protection regime relating to intelligence services and national security, about which I shall say more shortly, and which will no doubt be scrutinised by the House. The specific issue of the release of records is not in the scope of the Bill, because it is about the protection of live data rather...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: I do not wish to labour the point. I too was the Minister responsible for national security releases. All I can say is that that is not within the scope of the Bill, and I think the system works effectively. As recommended by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care, the Bill creates a new offence of the unlawful re-identification of de-identified personal data. It...

Bill Presented: Data Protection Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Hancock: That is right. The Bill is structured to be consistent with the EU law elements of GDPR, which automatically apply from 25 May this year, in order to ensure that the non-EU elements of data protection, with respect to general data processing, national security data and law enforcement data, provide for a full spectrum framework for data protection once we leave the EU. The Bill is designed...


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