The report makes over forty recommendations, including statutory regulation of the use of CCTV cameras, a clear legislative framework for the DNA database, a review of the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and amendments to the Data Protection Act to provide for 'privacy impact assessments' before any new surveillance regime is introduced. A complaints procedure for breaches of Article 8 should be established, and "where appropriate", legal aid should be made available for Article 8 claims. Compensation should be paid to the victims of "unlawful surveillance" by public authorities. The report also endorses tighter controls within government and a new joint parliamentary committee on surveillance and data powers, to which the Information Commission, whose powers should be strengthened, could report.
Open Rights Group considers this in more detail.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
In June, Virgin Media lost a CD containing private information on more than 3,000 customers while a hospital in Wembley recently had two computers stolen which contained the unencrypted details on 400 patients. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, said it was “unacceptable” that private companies - responsible for 112 of the 376 data breaches last year - could not be investigated by the ICO without their permission.