07 August 2017
Firms face millions in fines under new Data Protection Bill
Businesses could be landed with large fines under new laws that will vastly increase powers over the way personal information is collected and processed.
The Data Protection Bill will give the Information Commissioner's Office tougher powers to increase the maximum fine it can levy from £500,000 to £17 million, or 4% of a firm's turnover worldwide.
The bill will require companies to ask for explicit consent when collecting personal data online, rather than relying on pre-selected tick boxes.
The new rules will also allow individuals to ask for their personal data held by firms to be deleted, and require explicit consent from parents and guardians to give when a child's data is to be used.
Digital Minister Matt Hancock said: "Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account.
"The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world."
According to the Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, research shows over 80% of people feel they do not have complete control over their online data.
A statement of intent regarding the new Data Protection Bill has been published on the Gov.uk website on Monday, August 7.
The proposed rules will be introduced in Parliament in September, when MPs and peers return from the summer recess.