Saturday, May 13, 2006

Stronger data protection laws

I was listening to a radio interview yesterday and Richard Thomas, the UK Information Commissioner had argued for stricter penalties under the current Data Protection Act 1998 when individual's personal information were being sold. He has written a report entitled What price privacy? which 'reflects his deep concern that confidential information can be too easily obtained improperly from public and private organisations, causing significant harm and distress to individuals.' I do agree with his views about the ease with which personal information can be obtained and raising the threshold for penalities. One awaits to see whether there will be any changes made to the existing Data Protection Act 1998.

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