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The Data Protection Bill: What Do Rule of Law Principles Mean for AI and Data Processing?

The meeting was convened to provide MPs and Peers with an opportunity to discuss the application of rule of law principles to data gathering, sharing and processing, including using artificial intelligence (AI), under the Data Protection Act 2018. There was a particular focus on the potential risks and opportunities for the proposed 'framework for data processing by government' to undermine or reflect rule of law principles.

The Data Protection Act 2018 updated the legal framework for data protection in the UK, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998, and adapted the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) while EU law applies in the UK as well as ensuring legal continuity in the context of Brexit.


  • Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chair of the APPG on the Rule of Law


  • Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex
  • Professor Lilian Edwards, University of Strathclyde
  • Sam Smith, medConfidential
  • Steph Pike, Child Poverty Action Group

Event convened by Michael Abiodun Olatokun, Co-ordinator of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law and Research Fellow in Citizenship and The Rule of Law, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

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