UK Liberty

HAC report restates data protection principles

Posted in politicians on liberty, surveillance society by ukliberty on June 9, 2008

I’m reading the report A Surveillance Society? and noticed that the HAC’s Ground Rules restate the Data Protection Principles, eg:

The Government should give an explicit undertaking to adhere to a principle of data minimisation …

is equivalent to the third principle,

Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.

Not sure what the point is here – the Government always claims the data they collect is not excessive.

SpyBlog noticed this too, and points out:

What the Home Affairs Committee has failed to do is to come up with any practical way of enforcing such fine statements, or to specifically point out where the Government has failed to uphold them.

What happens when, not if, these “explicit undertakings” are ignored or flouted ? Will anyone be criminally prosecuted ? Will any politician actually have the honour to resign ? Will anybody who is a victim of the cock-up, malice or corruption actually be financially compensated? Will anybody actually apologise in public ?

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