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Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th February 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the facility people have to move and re-use data held by social networking websites; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces a new right to data portability, which will allow individuals to have their personal data provided by a data controller (like a social networking website) in a commonly used machine readable format; and where practical, have such data transmitted directly to another controller.

The GDPR will be directly applicable in the UK from 25 May 2018.

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