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Protection of Freedoms Bill 2010-11

Royal Assent

(This Bill is from a previous session)


  • Bill status:

    Bill is now an Act

  • Type of Bill:

    Government Bill


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The Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 25 May 2010. It will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It aims to overturn some of the criminal justice legislation enacted by the previous Government.

The Bill will allow for:

  • an extension of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover more bodies that receive public funding
  • greater regulation of the DNA database, allowing storage only for individuals convicted of serious offences, and only for three years, rather than six. Protections will be introduced for innocent people whose DNA has been stored
  • greater regulation of CCTV
  • the introduction of safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation
  • a ban on the wheel clamping of vehicles on private land
  • a range of other measures, designed to protect and restore civil liberties

Other than the extension of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Labour is expected to oppose the measures included in the Bill, and defend their record in Government.

Liberty has praised the changes that will be made to DNA sample retention rules, and the Law Society has welcomed the range of measures the Bill will introduce. The British Security Industry Association is pleased that CCTV will be the subject of greater regulation.

Acevo is concerned that the extension of the Freedom of Information Act to voluntary organisations will place an unnecessary administrative burden on its members. The Association of Chief Police Officers has also expressed concerns about the changes the Bill will make to personal information retention and CCTV regulation.