UK Data Protection & Digital Information (No.2) Bill 2nd reading in Parliament

18/04/2023 | UK Government

On Monday, 17 April 2023, the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill (DPDIB) had its 2nd reading in Parliament. Watch the recorded session on or read the transcript of what was said on the Hansard report

EURACTIV provided a summary; speaking on the issue of adequacy, Julia Lopez, Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure (DSIT), confirmed the UK has been in “constant contact” with the European Commission during the creation of this proposal. Lopez told MPs, “We are currently adequate, and we believe that we will maintain adequacy with the passage of this bill.” 

Also discussed were plans to modernise the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into a new body, the Information Commission, replacing the Information Commissioner with a board, chair and chief executive. While there are concerns this aspect of the bill reduces the ICO’s independence over the appointment process and the government's ability to issue instructions, Lopez said the government does not “believe those concerns are justified and legitimate” and that Parliament would review the changes. She added that the current Information Commissioner, John Edwards, had welcomed the changes. 

Labour MP and Shadow Digital Secretary of State Lucy Powell responded by saying that "the data bill before us is at best a missed opportunity and at worst adds another complicated and uncertain layer of bureaucracy.”

On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, the progress of the DPDIB through Parliament moved to the House of Commons Committee Stage, where a line-by-line examination will take place. The Public Bill Committee launched a call for written evidence, with oral evidence sessions expected to be held on Wednesday, 10 May and a final report by 13 June at the latest.

In a related post on LinkedIn, Terry Glover has created a Keeling Schedule marking the deletions in RED with strike-through and the additions in BLUE. 

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