The U.K.'s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport introduced the Data Protection Bill 2017 to the House of Lords Wednesday and published it online Thursday. The bill will transfer the EU General Data Protection Regulation into U.K. law and be maintained after Brexit, BBC News reports. The bill proposes special exemptions for journalists, financial firms, scientific and research organizations, anti-doping agencies, and employers needing to comply with employment law. The release includes a number of fact sheets, including on its overview, general processing and new enforcement powers for the Information Commissioner's Office, which will be empowered to fine organizations up to 18 million GBP, up from 500,000 GBP. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said, "The introduction of the Data Protection Bill is welcome as it will put in place one of the final pieces of much needed data protection reform. ... I will be providing my own input as necessary during the legislative process."
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