Leveson: What future for Data Protection?

The Report recommends that a tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards. Much has already been written (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20543936) and will continue to be written about this central recommendation and whether it is good or bad for democracy and a free press. But amid the furore about whether the Prime Minister should or should not accept the central recommendation, it is easy to forget that the report will also have implications for Data Protection Act and the Information Commissioner.

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LevesonThe Leveson Report has finally been published.

The Report recommends that a tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards. Much has already been written (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20543936) and will continue to be written about this central recommendation and whether it is good or bad for democracy and a free press. But amid the furore about whether the Prime Minister should or should not accept the central recommendation, it is easy to forget that the report will also have implications for Data Protection Act and the Information Commissioner.

One of the areas that Lord Justice Leveson was required to consider was ‘the extent to which the current policy and regulatory framework has failed, including in relation to data protection’.

I started writing a blog post on the way back from London, and got as far as the above, when an e mail from the good…

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