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Government plans update of data protection rules

The UK government has introduced a Data Protection Bill to update national law before Brexit and to secure important safeguards on the use of information in areas such as research, journalism and financial services.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the bill on 14 September, just one day after the employers’ organisation, the CBI called for interim arrangements on data protection to minimise disruption to the digital economy.

The bill will honour existing tailored exemptions that have been in place since the Data Protection Act 1998, including those for scientific and historical research organisations, such as museums and universities, from obligations that could impair their core functions.

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