European Data Protection Digest

Advocates Raise Concerns with Survey

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

February 11, 2011

The advocacy group Privacy International (PI) is urging residents not to complete a survey circulated by Wiltshire Council that asks for such personal details as income level and sexual orientation, reports BBC News. A council spokesman said the survey aims to help the county understand future housing needs and that the responses would be anonymous. "I would say that, whereas there may not be any legal issue here, it certainly goes against a number of principles of the Data Protection Act, such as only collecting as much data as you need for a specific purpose," said PI's Alexander Hanff. According to the report, the group has asked the council to "rethink" its plan.
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