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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL6014, tabled on 22 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what data exploitative technologies they are aware are in use in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such technologies cannot be exploited by anti-abortion activists.

Answered on

10 July 2020

The Government takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. Organisations that are processing people's data for the purposes of providing online services should comply with data protection laws, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.


In February 2019, DCMS announced a programme of work to consider how online advertising is regulated in the UK and in January 2020, a call for evidence was launched to gather views on online advertising standards. The UK Government also established the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, an independent advisory body, which provides advice on how we maximise the benefits of data-driven technologies.