ORG welcomes demise of Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

28/05/2024 | Open Rights Group

They say that a week is a long time in politics. In the seven days since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a snap general election on 4 July, we have still not had official notification that the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill has fallen or whether a deal can be reached in the "wash-up" period before Parliament is dissolved on Friday. While it is highly improbable that a deal can be reached before the deadline passes, we are keeping our fingers (and toes) well and truly crossed.  

Despite there being no official announcement, the Open Rights Group (main article) and Pinsent Masons have both added their names to the list of parties declaring the Bill is dead. Not all stakeholders are pleased that the Bill appears to have failed. In an email to its members, Research Live reveals that the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is calling for whatever party wins the election to create a "pro-innovation and high standard data protection regime for the UK" and pass the DPDI Bill. 

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