Concerns raised over new ethics regime for UK public sector data processing

Concerns have been raised about a set of late stage government amendments inserted into the UK’s draft data protection bill. The clauses deal with the processing of public sector data.

Health data privacy advocacy group MedConfidential believes ministers are trying to sneak in a data protection law carveout, in order to hand politicians the power to judge the ethics of — for example — applying AI to taxpayer funded medical data-sets.

Thus far, the Data Protection Bill 2017, which is intended to align domestic rules with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation — and generally gives consumers more control over how their data is used — has attracted limited controversy. Although some privacy groups argue the government is not going far enough on data redress powers.

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