Sunday, February 08, 2009

Surveillance Report

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has recently published a report discussing the expansion of 'surveillance society', reiterating the warning that the right to privacy is being undermined by pervasive and routine electronic surveillance and collection of personal data:

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.

Source: 5RB

Open Rights Group considers this in more detail.

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1 comment:

Michael said...

Thanks for linking into Open Rights Group. Here's another link to solid criticism of this timely report, including an interesting comments thread.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2009/02/whos_watching_you.html

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