First time joining the forums. Hope I can share my thoughts and advice as well.
Shame that Govt. has broken up for the GE - hopefully this will possibly gain traction once more. I dont think that the proposals go far enough - the sentence and rehabilitation are one thing but the proposals need to ensure that a person is able to remove his/her digital footprint as well - easily and quickly.
The DPA has exclusions which allow the press to report on convictions but the DPA does not specify that the press have to remove the story - the provisions of the GDPR will bring further enhancements under the right to erasure but even then, the press is not being forced to remove the digital versions of the stories.
Hopefully we can push for legislative changes where someone requests the story to be removed.