Council’s Against Data Discrimination: Model Council Motion

Council Motion on Stopping Data Discrimination:
Council Notes:

-That UK GDPR, and the Data Protection Act 2018 protects individuals from
harmful or discriminatory uses of their data. It does so by imposing a duty on
organizations to use people’s data in a legal, transparent, and fair way.

-That without GDPR students couldn’t stop unfair algorithms from grading their
A-levels and workers couldn’t challenge rob-dismissals. Victims of sexual
violence would be subject to digital strip searches by Police and job applicants
would face racist automated recruitment tools.

-That the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has proposed a new Data
Protection and Digital Information Bill that seeks to water down the strong
protections that UK GDPR provides.

-That a coalition of civil society groups lead by the Open Rights Group have
expressed concern for the erosion of UK data rights.

Council Believes:

-Government plans to water down UK GDPR privacy laws will unleash data
discrimination against workers, children, students and vulnerable groups like
migrants, victims of violence and minorities.

-That upholding the data rights of residents within [Insert Local Authority Area]
is an important legal and moral duty of the authority.

Council therefore calls for:

– The Chief Executive and Leader of the Council to write on behalf of the Council
to Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media &
Sport expressing concerns at plans to water down the data rights of UK citizens.

-The authority to give it’s support to the Open Rights Group’s campaign to ‘Stop
Data Discrimination’.

-The Chief Executive to work to ensure the authority strives

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