Government consults on DP Act representative action provisions

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is seeking views on how the ‘representative’ action provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 work in practice.

The provisions, which allow individuals to ask non-profit organisations to act on their behalf when their data rights have been infringed, are subject to a review under Section 189 of the DP Act. The government needs to report to Parliament by 25 November 2020.

The government is now keen to hear what impact the provisions have had on individuals, in particular children, and non-profit organisations.

‘We would also like to hear from those against whom the rights to representation have been exercised. This could include businesses that may have been subject to a complaint or claim by a non-profit organisation on behalf of an individual or have seen an increase in what they consider to be spurious complaints or claims being made,’ the government says.

Responses are sought by 22 October. See DCMS - Call for views and evidence - Review of Representative Action Provisions, Section 189 Data Protection Act 2018

There will also be a number of virtual workshops. Those interested in taking part should email