On Friday, the ICO published its response to the government's consultation to reform the Human Rights Act 1998, which closed on 19 April. The ICO's response relates to the processing of personal data in the context of Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The ICO is clear in its response that the MoJ proposals will significantly impact UK data protection and could damage UK Adequacy with the EU.
The submission follows press coverage last week that a package of data protection reforms is to be included in this week's Queen's Speech. We now understand this will consist of two pieces of legislation affecting UK data protection law. A Data Reform Bill will implement the DCMS proposals following its data: a new direction consultation along with legislation to implement the MoJ proposals outlined in its Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights consultation.
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