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Retailers Could Be Forced To Release Data

PRIVACY LAW—UK

August 27, 2012

UK ministers have announced they may require supermarkets and online retailers “to release sensitive personal data they hold about customers,” the London Evening Standard reports. Companies could be required by law “to provide electronic copies of ‘historic transaction data’ when individuals request it,” the report states, which would mean shoppers receive “records of their purchases and spending habits.” While consumers currently have the right to request such information under the Data Protection Act, “the details are rarely in electronic form, and the process is awkward and slow,” the report states, noting, “The new rules would make access far quicker and easier.”
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