Friday, March 06, 2009

Why must we assert our “data rights”?

The ICO has said it’s up to the public to protect its data rights (see here). Surely it would be better if this government changed the habit of a lifetime and started protecting taxpayers against businesses instead of giving business free rein to do what the hell it likes and damn the consequences. I thought companies had to automatically opt people out of storing their details unless we specifically told them otherwise, so why should we have to write to anyone to find out what information they hold about us? Perhaps the government seems to think it’ll give us something to do to wile away the hours when we’re all unemployed as a result of its disastrous laissez-faire approach to regulation. No wonder Thatcher said her greatest legacy was New Labour…

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