UK Releases First Draft of Data Protection Laws

UK Releases First Draft of Data Protection Laws

The first draft of the new Data Protection Bill, which is slated to replace the Data Protection Act of 1998, has just been published including the headline provision “the right to innocence”.

In addition to the “right to be forgotten”, this provision will give individuals the power to compel social networks to remove posts that they have made before the age of 18.

The bill also dictates that social networks set up users with the strictest privacy settings upon joining, and individuals under the age of 13 will have to get their guardian’s or parents consent before they can sign up.

The British government, however, said that they were able to negotiate several exemptions from the GDPR, even though the bill does not seem to be at odds with EU regulations.

Source: Engadget

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