The Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution



1 The UK regulatory landscape

Overview of the regulatory framework for data protection

The regulatory and governing bodies concerned with data protection

Overview of the regulatory framework for equality and human rights

2 Our inquiry

Chapter 3: A focus on ‘consent’ and ‘legitimate interests’ as legal bases for processing personal data


Children and the “consent” model

Legitimate interests as a basis for processing data

Chapter 4: Risks to the right to privacy

The problem with consent

Sharing data without the subject’s knowledge

Combining data from different sources


Risk of data breaches

User choice?

Challenging or deleting personal data

Chapter 5: Risks of discrimination

Targeted advertising and algorithms

Inferences made from personal data

3 Chapter 6: Considering Alternative Enforcement Tools?

Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Stronger enforcement of legislation

New regulation

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Reflections from participants who attended evidence sessions

Declaration of Interests

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 3 November 2019