By OpenRightsGroup: DCMS consultation on data privacy fails to explain why it matters – New
data privacy rights under the General Data protection Regulation depend
on a UK consultation which tells readers nothing about its implications
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out many
new rights for UK citizens, including better notions of consent, the
right to obtain and download your information, and to delete it at a
company. You can also find out more about profiling and automated
decision-making. There are big fines available when companies don’t
comply after it comes into force in mid 2018.
However, many of the new rights will depend on enforcement.
One of the better ideas in the regulation is to allow privacy groups to
represent citizens in complaints, without having to find specific
people who have been directly affected. The GDPR requires member states
to choose to allow this, or not, in Article 80(2). We of course very much believe this should be legislated for.
There is a consultation being run by DCMS until Wednesday 10 May on all the different options allowed under the GDPR—and there are quite a few.