Science and Technology in the King’s Speech 2023

Science and Technology in the King’s Speech 2023

A raft of new laws that will unleash competition in digital markets, prevent spam calls, and foster innovation in emerging technologies such as machine learning, were announced as part of the government’s legislative agenda in the King’s Speech.

As part of the annual speech to the House of Lords, which sets out the Government’s legislative agenda for this parliamentary session, King Charles III has set out the carryover of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill and the Digital Data and Information Protection Bill to continue their progress in the next parliamentary session, which are being delivered by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan said:

Today’s King’s Speech is a win for businesses and consumers, as our vital legislation is set to unlock billions of pounds of benefits for businesses and tackle issues such as nuisance calls that have plagued the public for too long.

It’s an overwhelming show of support for driving innovation and growth across the country as well. Our Digital Markets Act will ensure every technology start-up has the opportunity to succeed, fueling the engines of economic growth by opening the doors for British businesses to unleash innovation around the world.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill will secure better outcomes for consumers and businesses by driving innovation and addressing the root causes of competition issues in digital markets, and seeking to improve the level of competition across the technology sector.

As part of the draft law, the Digital Markets Unit was established (DMU) within the Competition and Markets Authority will be given new powers to address the far-reaching power of a small number of technology companies. This market dominance has stifled innovation and growth throughout the economy, hindering startups and small businesses from accessing markets and consumers.

Draft law on data protection and digital information

The King’s Speech also referred to the draft Digital Information and Data Protection Bill, which will see tougher penalties for those who harass people with unwanted calls and messages. In 2022, there were around 59,800 reports of nuisance calls made to the Information Commissioner, but these new measures are expected to reduce the number of calls being made.

The bill sets out common-sense data laws that will give organizations greater flexibility to protect personal data, while maintaining high standards of data protection. The legal changes will improve the UK’s ability to strike international data deals and make these partnerships more secure, allowing British companies to capture billions of pounds from data trade as a Brexit reward.

Reforms to UK data laws also aim to reduce the number of pop-ups people see online, which frequently ask users to give permission to websites to collect data about their visits.

The bill would also make it easier for people to digitally verify their identity, if they want to, reducing the need to carry it with them. Identification card Such as passports and driving licenses by creating a framework for the use of reliable and secure digital verification services.

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Plans have also been announced to introduce a new legal framework to encourage innovation in new technologies such as machine learning, helping to drive new and emerging technologies that will boost jobs and grow the economy.

Plans have also been announced to introduce a new legal framework to encourage innovation in new technologies such as machine learning, helping to drive new and emerging technologies that will boost jobs and grow the economy.

A new criminal justice bill led by the Home Office has also been announced which will ensure safeguards for people who take intimate images of others.

This will build on the Online Safety Act, which last month received royal assent and made it easier to convict someone who shares intimate images without consent, and the new laws will further criminalize the non-consensual sharing of deep intimate images. The change in laws also now makes it easier to charge abusers who share intimate images and put more perpetrators behind bars. Criminals convicted of this underlying offense will face up to 6 months in prison, but those who threaten to share such images, or share them with the intention of causing anxiety, alarm or humiliation, or to obtain sexual gratification, could face up to two sentences. Years behind bars.

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