Manifesto Commitment for 'Digital Bill of Rights'


The Liberal Democrats have launched a public consultation on the planned Bill, which the party would introduce if they were to form a new coalition government after the election.

You can have your say on what you think should be included in the Bill by completing our survey here: www.libdems.org.uk/digital-rights-bill.

The Bill comes following a series of disturbing news reports ranging from thousands of NHS patients having their data sold off, and found to have breached data protection law by selling the people’s pension pot details.

It would also include prison sentences for public and private companies conducting large-scale data theft.

As technology has advanced, more and more people interact online. Whilst this has brought the UK enormous socio-economic benefits, it has also left people open to exploitation and misuse of their personal information by criminals, commercial interests and public authorities. 

The move to establish a Digital Bill of Rights follows years of attempts by the Conservatives and Labour to erode the privacy and rights of citizens, businesses, and journalists as digital technology has evolved.

Key measures in the Digital Rights Bill include:

  • Prison sentences for companies conducting large-scale data theft and illegally selling on personal data.
  • Beefed up powers for the Information Commissioner to fine and endorse disciplinary action on government bodies if they break data protection laws.
  • Legal rights to compensation for consumers when companies make people sign up online to deliberately misleading and illegible terms and conditions.
  • Code of Practice for online services who would by law have to correct information about members of the public where it is inaccurate or defamatory.
  • Enshrining in law the responsibility of government to defend the free press, including the rights of journalists and citizen journalists to express their views freely online.
  • Prevent government from watering down cyber-security and encryption measures used by British business.

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