Responding to a recent consultation by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we set out why the proposed overhaul of data protection law raises serious concerns around automated-decision making (ADM) and discrimination, and how the issue can be addressed.

Read PLP’s consultation response

Concerning proposals include:

  • Getting rid of Article 22, which stipulates that people have the right “not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing”
  • Removing the requirement for organisations to undertake Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • Limiting people’s ability to find out about how their data is being used, in turn eroding the transparency, accountability, and rights-protections currently enshrined in data protection law

We welcome the proposal for compulsory transparency reporting on the use of ADM systems in government, but urge this to be implemented alongside adequate avenues for people to challenge the development and deployment of those systems, together with effective enforcement mechanisms and the possibility of sanctions.