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New rights to control your personal data included in Queen's Speech

A new bill will replace the existing Data Protection Act
Martyn Landi, Press Association Technology Correspondent

A new bill to ensure the UK "retains its world-class regime protecting personal data" has been included in the Queen's Speech.

The British government said the bill would replace the existing Data Protection Act and fulfil a Conservative manifesto commitment to give people new rights to "control their data".

A new Digital Charter to make the UK the "safest place to be online" was also announced.

The new data protection bill will "strengthen rights" and hand more control to users over their personal data, the government said, including the right to be forgotten when they no longer want their data to be processed, provided there are no legitimate grounds to retain it.

It will also grants powers to individuals to require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18.

The bill will also help the government meet current EU data regulations while still a member of the European Union and enable the UK to maintain its ability to share data with other EU members following Brexit, the government said.

Plans for the Digital Charter include working with technology companies and ensuring they "do more" to protect users from harmful content online.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd held talks with tech giants - including Facebook and Twitter - earlier this year on increasing their cooperation in tackling extreme and harmful material online.

Consultation with charities, communities and international partners will also take place in developing the new charter.

It will also focus on helping digital businesses throughout different stages of growth, the government said, including support for access to the "finance, talent and infrastructure needed for success".

According to government figures, the digital sector contributed £118 billion to the economy in 2015, employing more than 1.4 million people across the UK.

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