The Lords get their teeth into the DPDI Bill

Claire Saunders of HelloDPO Law Ltd reports on the debates in the Grand Committee, which will conclude its discussions 1 May.

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDI Bill) has dropped out of the news of late but has been making progress through the House of Lords, which is now at the stage of drilling into the detail of the government’s proposals.

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was first introduced to the House of Commons back in July 2022. However, in September 2022, following the election of Liz Truss as leader of the Conservative party, the government chose to give further consideration to the legislation. Finally, the original bill was withdrawn on 8 March 2023 and replaced with a new version, the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill No. 2. (the Bill), which was, in large part, similar to its predecessor, although it introduced provisions such as (amongst others) examples of possible legitimate interests, clarity on the fact that scientific research can be carried out as a commercial activity, clarification regarding meaningful human involvement in automated decision making and confirmation that existing safeguards for international transfers will remain valid.

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