Plans for a new Data Protection Bill in the UK are confirmed in the 2017 Queen’s Speech – good news for your online reputation.

The rules give young people new rights to demand social media networks delete personal data held, prior to turning 18.

The proposed Data Protection Bill will reflect plans described in the Conservative Party manifesto (ahead of the 2017 general election). In short, the government says its key priorities are ensuring data protection rules are “suitable for the digital age”.

Data Protection Bill – empowering individuals

It’s a positive move, empowering individuals with more control over their personal data. It also gives people the ‘right to be forgotten’ when they no longer want a company to process their data. That is unless there are legitimate grounds for retaining information.

On the subject of the right to be forgotten with The Guardian, Igniyte Managing Partner Roz Sheldon comments: “The EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ only extends to removing information in breach of the Data Protection Act or excessive unsubstantiated comment. So, there’s absolutely no obligation – or reason – for any of these articles to disappear.”

The Queen’s Speech says the new bill will ensure the UK retains its world-class regime of protecting personal data. Proposals for a new digital charter will ensure the UK is the safest place to be online. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.

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