Data Protection

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on companies that sell personal data to third parties.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. We expect all organisations to abide by the law when processing (including sharing or selling) personal data.

The Data Protection Act 1998 has served us well and placed the UK at the front of global data protection standards. With the new Data Protection Bill, Government are modernising the data protection laws in the UK to make them fit for purpose for our increasingly digital economy and society. It will set new standards for protecting general data, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), giving people more control over use of their data, and provide new rights to move or delete personal data. This new data protection regime will come into force on 25 May 2018.

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