European Data Protection Digest

No Flowers on Your Big Day? Blame the DPA

DATA PROTECTION—UK

September 27, 2012

The tradition of Scottish councils presenting centenarians and long-married couples with flowers on their big days is in jeopardy because of data sharing restrictions in the Data Protection Act, reports The Courier. A team leader at the National Records of Scotland Local Organisation Unit (LOU) wrote to the Fife Council provost's office saying, ''The LOU will no longer provide your office with details of special birthday or wedding anniversary celebrations notified to us by a third party,” adding, ''The reason for this instruction is that by providing this information, we are in breach of the Data Protection Act.'' One councillor calls it “a great shame that some are missing out.”
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