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UK proposes exemptions to Data Protection Bill

From BBC - September 13, 2017

Journalists, financial firms and anti-doping bodies could receive special exemptions from new laws to protect personal data, the government has said.

These "safeguards" would protect the freedom of the press, help prevent fraud and "maintain the integrity of professional sports".

The proposals are part of a new Data Protection Bill, published on Thursday, which will overhaul UK data laws.

It will impose much heavier fines on those who do not protect personal data.

In most respects the bill, which will come into force next May, will transfer the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation into UK law. The legislation will also be maintained after Brexit.

However, the government said it had negotiated "vital" exemptions to create a more "proportionate" regime for Britain.

'Freedom of expression'

These would protect professionals in a range of fields, including:

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