Press Comment: ICO Survey on the Data Protection Act

Commenting on the Information Commissioner’s survey into attitudes around the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act, Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said:

“The Data Protection Act is 13 years old and it is staggering that in both the public and private sectors, the majority of organisations still do not understand their obligations under the Act.

“Personal information is a critical part of protecting our privacy in a digital age. With instances of personal information being lost or accessed inappropriately continuing to rise, up 58% in the past year, Government needs to do far more to ensure privacy is protected with adequate legal safeguards.

“This survey highlights the failure of the ICO to create a clear and robust system for protecting information, and reaffirms the need for tougher sanctions and a much greater effort to enforce the law.”