European Data Protection Digest

Graham on Open Data, Gov’t Progress

PRIVACY—UK

July 19, 2012

In an interview with The Guardian, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham discusses the recently released open data whitepaper and his office’s ability to hand down fines for data breaches. Graham says his office worked with the Cabinet Office on the paper and he is pleased a privacy expert has been appointed to the office’s Transparency Board. The board has done great work, Graham said, adding that when he mentioned privacy at board meetings, however, “I very much felt like a bit of a party pooper.” Government must get the basis of data protection down before turning to projects such as electronic health records, Graham said.
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