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Hancock: tighter data protection rules won’t harm UK research

A forthcoming data protection bill will include exemptions to protect UK research from tighter controls on personal data, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

The bill will enshrine into UK law the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force in May 2018.

It will require research organisations, along with all companies that handle people’s data, to keep more detailed records about what data they process and why. Financial sanctions for organisations that flout the rules will rise from £500,000 to up to 4 per cent of their annual turnover or €20 million (£18m)—whichever is greater—according to a government statement published on 7 August.

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