European Data Protection Digest

Information Commissioner to Political Parties: Oh, Behave

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

March 5, 2010

Noting violations in previous years, the UK's information commissioner has warned political parties to adhere to privacy laws during the upcoming elections. At a recent conference on data protection, Commissioner Christopher Graham advised the parties on proper communication techniques and pointed them to newly created guidance on the ICO Web site, Public Service.co.uk reports. He also reminded them of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and the Data Protection Act. Graham strongly urged the parties to adhere to the rules, adding, "We have taken enforcement action to uphold the law in the past and, with stronger powers available to me in just a matter of weeks, I intend to make sure that everybody stays in line."
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