European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Perfecting Personal Privacy Law

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

May 7, 2010

In an op-ed for The Guardian, Henry Porter suggests ideas for new laws he would like to see enacted to protect personal freedom--and privacy. Porter suggests a personal information bill that "would gather together all present laws on personal information and data protection to give the ordinary citizen much greater ownership of his or her data." He goes on to write in favor of privacy impact assessments for all future legislation as well as children's information rights to address the use of CCTV and the collection of biometric data. "The last 10 years have seen an astonishing growth of biometrics in schools," he writes, adding, "children are being groomed for a life in the surveillance society."
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