Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Progress of the Bill
Bill started in the House of Commons
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
- Royal Assent
- Royal Assent 1 May, 2012 | 01.05.2012
Act of Parliament
|HL Bill 134 2010-12 (Commons Reason and Amendments) | PDF version, 80KB||21.03.2012|
Latest news on the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 1 May.
The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).
Summary of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
The Bill includes a wide range of measures.
- brings in a new framework for police retention of fingerprints and DNA data, and requires schools to get parents’ consent before processing children’s biometric information
- introduces a code of practice for surveillance camera systems and provides for judicial approval of certain surveillance activities by local authorities
- provides for a code of practice to cover officials’ powers of entry, with these powers being subject to review and repeal
- outlaws wheel-clamping on private land
- introduces a new regime for police stops and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000 and reduces the maximum pre-charge detention period under that Act from 28 to 14 days
- restricts the scope of the 'vetting and barring' scheme for protecting vulnerable groups and makes changes to the system of criminal records checks
- enables those with convictions for consensual sexual relations between men aged 16 or over (which have since been decriminalised) to apply to have them disregarded
- extends Freedom of Information rights by requiring datasets to be available in a re-usable format
- repeals provisions (never brought into force) which would have allowed trial without a jury in complex fraud cases
- removes time restrictions on when marriage or civil partnership ceremonies may take place.
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