European Data Protection Digest

Group Calls for Investigation into Blacklist Database

DATA PROTECTION—UK

October 1, 2010

Click Liverpool reports on advocacy group Privacy International's call for a government investigation into a Bristol-based company's national blacklist of "nightmare" hotel guests. GuestScan.com allows hotel owners to share information about "known or potential troublemakers" in an online database describing the guests' behaviors and personal details, including racial or ethnic origin and sexual orientation or offences. Privacy International's Alex Hanff called the site "despicable" and said the group will call upon the Information Commissioner's Office to look into the site's business practices. "Data can only be used for the purpose which it is collected," Hanff said.
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