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Posted in database state, law and order by ukliberty on March 6, 2009

The BBC:

The information watchdog has shut down a company which it says sold workers’ confidential data, including union activities, to building firms.

A raid on The Consulting Association in Droitwich, Worcs, revealed a serious breach of the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner’s Office said.

The ICO said a secret system was run for over 15 years enabling employers to unlawfully vet job applicants.

Action is being considered against more than 40 firms who used the service. …

Not only was the database held without the workers’ consent, but the existence of it was repeatedly denied.

Following the raid on 23 February, investigators discovered that The Consulting Association’s database contained the details of some 3,213 workers, the ICO said.

Data included information concerning personal relationships, trade union activity and employment history, it added.

Comments included “lazy and a trouble stirrer”, “Ex shop steward. Definite problems. No Go” and “Communist Party”. …


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