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Opinion: Industry Actually Wants Regulators With More Powers

DATA PROTECTION—EU & UK

September 20, 2013

In an opinion piece for The Guardian, UK Direct Marketing Association Chairman Scott Logie says as the European Parliament prepares to vote on data regulation in October, it’s “time for a rethink on how we tackle this problem” in the UK. From a business perspective, the final proposals are not expected to be favorable, Logie writes, citing a weak Information Commissioner’s Office that “no one really fears” and calling for a stronger enforcement agency and clear guidelines about how to establish trust-based agreements between businesses and their consumers. His comments echo Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart’s call this week for stronger enforcement powers.
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