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How the UK's data laws will now be fit for the digital age

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They’ve always said that information is power, and in the digital age, data increasingly powers the world.

It drives price comparison sites and improves the flow of transport around cities. Using data properly adds billions of pounds to the economy, and helps improve and save lives.

We are yet in the foothills of the digital revolution, on the cusp of amazing breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, with machines learning how to think and do more and more tasks once reserved for us humans.

But it's been a generation since we last updated our data protection laws, to free up the nation’s businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate – while protecting from cyber attack and making Britain the safest place in the world to be online.

Read more: CBI warns of cliff edge for £240bn data economy

So today we are publishing the Data Protection Bill to provide a comprehensive new legal framework for data protection in the UK, combining rules that encourage innovation while protecting privacy.

Not only are we empowering........

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