Queen’s Speech

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A new Data Protection Bill, announced as part of the Queen’s Speech, will bring into UK law the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new Directive, replacing the 1998 Data Protection Act.

It’ll also give people new rights to ‘require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18’; as mentioned in the Conservative Party manifesto at the June 2017 general election. As required by the GDPR, the Bill will update the powers and sanctions for the data protection regulator, the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO).

In the speech, the Queen promised collective international action, and strong partnerships with civil society, to combat extremism. For background on the Queen’s Speech visit gov.uk.

Also promised, as a result of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, is a review of counter-terrorism powers; and how to work with online companies to reduce and restrict the availability of extremist material online. The Government is to set up a ‘Commission for Countering Extremism’, to expose examples of extremism; and identify what the UK Government can do against extremism.


Peter Carlisle, VP of EMEA at cyber product company Thales e-Security, said: “It is very encouraging to see that the government will be placing a greater emphasis on establishing a world-class data protection regime in the UK with the introduction of this new law. The greater the volumes of data accessible online, the greater the potential for exposure and the increased chance of hackers taking advantage of systems that some have thought impregnable.

“Ensuring that both individuals and businesses have as much control as possible over where and how their data is used is critical to the UK’s broader cybersecurity strategy. As high-profile data breaches continue to plague our society, it is only right that the UK government is implementing more fortified measures to tackle them, particularly as we draw nearer to the widespread introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation next year.”