The Information Commissioner has issued a statement welcoming the support of the Justice Committee.
Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham said:
“The Government should lose no more time in bringing in appropriate deterrent sentences to combat the unlawful trade in personal data. Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry into press standards should not be used as an excuse for inaction. The Ministry of Justice still has not given a response to the previous administration’s public consultation of two years ago. We need action, not more words. Citizens are being denied the protection they are entitled to expect from the Data Protection Act.
“We shouldn’t have to wait a further year for the 2008 legislation to be commenced when today’s highly profitable trade in our data has little if anything to do with the press.
“The Commissioner recently called for stronger powers of audit. The ICO is building a business case for the extension of Assessment Notice powers to parts of the private sector such as motor insurance and financial services as well as to the NHS and local government.
“I welcome the support of the Justice Committee.”
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