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ICO, Advocates Concerned About Increasing Commissioners

PRIVACY—UK

March 3, 2011

The information commissioner says government plans to create two new privacy commissioner posts could result in conflicts and regulatory overlaps, OUT-LAW.com reports. The Protection of Freedoms Bill would establish commissioners to govern the use of CCTV and biometrics, expanding the number of commissioners from three to five. But Commissioner Christopher Graham says each authority's role must be clearly defined or "commissioners may adopt differing interpretive approaches and guidance on each others' statutory provisions." An alliance of advocacy groups is calling for a single privacy authority, stating that more commissioners "will not necessarily lead to greater protection for the public" and that a single authority is "the only way of providing meaningful oversight of freedom and privacy..."
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