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Protecting your data online with a Digital Rights Bill

Digital Bill of Rights proposed by Lib Dems

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

Key measures in the Digital Rights Bill include:

  • Prevent government from watering down cyber-security and encryption measures used by British business
  • 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
  • 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 enforce disciplinary action on government bodies if they breach data protection laws
  • Legal rights to compensation for consumers when companies make people sign up online to deliberately misleading and illegible terms & 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

How safe do you feel online?

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