European Data Protection Digest

ICO Report: Legislation Needs Privacy Review

SURVEILLANCE—UK

November 12, 2010

In an update submitted to parliament Thursday on the state of surveillance, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham recommends post-legislative reviews of laws affecting privacy concerns to ensure they are being used as intended. In a press release, the commissioner said this would give the government "a key way of ensuring the successful delivery of the new transparency and privacy agenda." The report also recommends widespread adoption of privacy enhancing technologies for the private sector and says organizations should consider the privacy implications of new technologies prior to launching them. The Home Affairs Committee requested the report as part of its inquiry into the surveillance society.
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