The current Data Protection Act (DPA) came into force in 1998, and since that point, technology has made huge leaps forward, becoming an integral part of our daily lives. Data capture is standard practice, and with everyone from your hairdresser to a myriad of retailers holding some kind of personal information on you, the DPA no longer covers enough digital ground to offer the right level of protection.
If GDPR wasn’t tricky enough to get your head around, the question ‘will GDPR replace the Data Protection Act?’ is not actually as straightforward as it may seem; the answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
In 2017, the government published the first draft of the Data Protection Bill (due to launch on the 25th May alongside GDPR) and technically, it is this, which will replace the DPA. The DPA deals exclusively with data protection for the UK (as will the Data Protection Bill), whilst the GDPR is designed to raise standards and introduce a consistent approach to dta protection across the EU
There are a couple of reasons why we need the Data Protection Bill:
Absolutely, and here’s why:
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