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UK Data Protection Bill, Incorporating GDPR, Expected in September

UK’s Data Protection Bill, which was announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech, could be introduced in Parliament in just a few weeks. The UK legislation is expected in September, according to the UK’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), which confirmed to security researcher and training specialist Chris Pounder that “we’re aiming to introduce the Bill as soon as we can once the houses are back from summer recess.” The Queen’s Speech said that the bill is meant to ensure that the UK “retains its world-class regime protecting personal data.” Further analysis from global law firm Reed Smith added that the goal is a “data protection framework that is suitable for our new digital age, and to cement the UK’s position at the forefront of technological innovation, international data sharing and protection of personal data.” To that end, the Data Protection Bill will replace the Data Protection Act 1998, and will incorporate the GDPR into national UK law—meaning that even post-Brexit, businesses will need to comply with the same EU rules for UK citizens.

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