How the DPDI No.2 Bill favours big business and technology companies

07/08/2023 | The Guardian

An article in The Guardian highlights the impact that the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill (DPDI No.2 Bill) will have on the rights of UK citizens. 

The article includes quotes from the Open Rights Group, which has accused the post-Brexit bill of favouring big business and technology companies over the rights of individuals to control and access their data. The article explains how the DPDI No.2 Bill includes changes to rules on subject access requests (SARs), allowing individuals to ask an organisation for copies of personal information it holds about them. The article explains to regular readers that the new bill changes the condition for rejecting a request or charging a fee from "manifestly unfounded or excessive" to "vexatious or excessive", which the policy manager for data protection at Open Rights Group says will lead to a significant increase in refusals. 

The article also highlights other changes in the bill, such as expanding the situations in which automated decision-making is permitted, granting increased powers to the secretary of state to direct the Information Commissioner's Office, and creating exemptions for re-use of data for "national security" and "crime prevention purposes".

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