Usual govt approach
1. Law is ruled unlawful
2. Propose new law that is lawful (just)
3. Write sneaky last-minute amendment that effectively undoes all the changes
4. Hope to pass it in Lords Committee
5. Business as usual
The UK’s data protection watchdog has raised concerns with the government over new clauses slipped into the Data Protection Bill at the last minute, which critics say could undermine the law. The clauses, inserted at the Bill's final committee stage in the House of Lords last month, are likely to receive heavy scrutiny at next …
When The Register put such concerns to the Ministry of Fun, it said the government had consulted the ICO about the preparation of the new clauses.
should have been
When The Register put such concerns to the Ministry of Fun, it said the government had
consulted ignored the ICO about the preparation of the new clauses.
Very true. Which is why Chairman May is so determined that its influence should be removed.,
So maybe five years down the line we can look forward to some stiff disapproval and sniffs from the EU direction, followed by some attempt at sanctions from an EU nation who want the UK out of the running on some trade or other...?
Twenty years or so on, when some rabid nutjob or nutjob party gets control due to the poorly thought out laws being enacted today, the UK will be the next North Korea....
Once upon a time, one of the checks and balances on the government was the thought of what the opposition might do with these powers.
In the light of
- the Electoral Commission's vicious gumming of the Tories for their (two) general election overspending and
polling telemarketing offences.
- the Boundary Commission proposals to cut the number of MPs (which hits Labour hardest) while the number of (Conservative) peers has risen.
- The number of (mainly Labour) voters that have "disappeared" after changes to the Electoral Roll.
perhaps the Tories (or their backers) don't expect a change of government ever again?
Concerns are that, as it stands, the Bill grants the secretary of state broad powers to determine the content of the framework and who it applies to, while making it hard for the ICO to either challenge that content or even enforce data protection law.
There should be no instance of a minister being able to change the framework on their every whim and change who that framework applies to.
That isn't democracy!
'In sub-paragraph (5), for “the Data Protection Act 1998” substitute “the data protection legislation”. (3) After sub-paragraph (5) insert— “(6) In this paragraph, “the data protection legislation” has the same meaning as in the Data Protection Act 2017 (see section 2 of that Act).”
(1) Paragraph 10A (attachment of earnings orders (Justice Act (NorthernIreland) 2016): disclosure of information) is amended as follows.
(2) In sub-paragraph (7), for “the Data Protection Act 1998” substitute “the data protection legislation”.
25 (3) In sub-paragraph (8), at the appropriate place insert— ““the data protection legislation” has the same meaning as in the Data Protection Act 2017 (see section 2 of that Act);”.'
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