Fair Cop

The bedrock of Data Protection is fairness. You cannot gain consent without fairness. Your interests are not legitimate interests if they are secret interests. Unless you have an exemption or you claim that telling the person represents disproportionate effort (i.e. the effort of telling outweighs the actual impact), you have to tell the person whose data […]

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Caesar’s Wife

In May 2016, the Labour member for Heatons North, Alex Ganotis, became Leader of Stockport Council, having been a councillor for some years. A month or so later, I read a story mentioning him in the Manchester Evening News, and his name rang a bell. Alex Ganotis is also a Group Manager at the Information Commissioner’s Office – I […]

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Less than ideal

Last week, Stephen Lee, an academic and former fundraiser was reported as having attacked the Information Commissioner’s Office for their interpretation of direct marketing at a fundraising conference. It was, he said “outrageous” that the Commissioner’s direct marketing guidance stated that any advertising or marketing material that promoted the aims and ideals of a not-for-profit […]

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FPS FFS

Following some fine investigative work, the Daily Mail was today content to declare “VICTORY” in its battle against rogue fundraisers and their equally shameless charity employers. The Mail’s apparent triumph is the publication of a government approved review by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, the NCVO’s Chief Executive. […]

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Careless

The people who run NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre never wanted to give the public a choice about whether their data would be mined and sold for research purposes (and the clumsy, ill-infomed opt-out that was dragged out of them isn’t a proper choice anyway). It should therefore come as […]

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Stop the press

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Leveson proposals for press regulation, the Independent Press Standards Organisation is currently the preferred regulator for most newspapers. Even if you think that IPSO shouldn’t be the regulator for press standards and something more rigorous should be, there is no question that for most of the press, IPSO […]

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Yes, we have no bananas

Earlier in the year, I made an FOI request to the Metropolitan Police about their proposed purchase of data from IPSOS Mori. It took months for the Met to provide a somewhat unsatisfactory response; so long in fact, that I ended up complaining to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the delay. Shortly after my complaint […]

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