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Data Protection

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL1965, tabled on 26 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing legislation to permit the legal ownership of personal data.

Answered on

11 March 2020

The word ‘ownership’ usually implies certain rights over a property such as being able to use it, sell it or give it away, but this is unlikely to be a workable concept in the wide range of circumstances that processing of personal data occurs. Data protection legislation in the UK does, however, impose obligations on data controllers to process personal data lawfully and transparently in a way that individuals would expect. It also gives individuals specific rights in relation to their data. These include rights to seek access to, rectify or erase their data or to object to its continued processing.