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Commission: Privacy Laws Insufficient

PRIVACY LAW—UK

August 15, 2011

A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says that UK privacy laws do not do enough to protect citizens, The Inquirer reports. Current privacy laws have failed to prevent breaches and keep pace with advances in technology and increases in the amount of data organizations collect about individuals, the report states. "This needs to change so that any need for personal information has to be clearly justified by the organization that wants it. The law and regulatory framework needs to be simplified and, in the meantime, public authorities need to check what data they have and that it complies with the existing laws," said Commissioner Geraldine Van Bueren.
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