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What a surprise (not)! UK's ICO attacks the draft data protection regulation

According to computerweekly.com, Christopher Graham, UK’s Information Commissioner, considers that the proposals for the new European data protection framework are over-engineered and need a lot of work.

In their current form, the proposals are also unaffordable because regulators would need a small army of staff to cope, he told a Westminster eForum seminar in London.

“The draft proposals demand that data protection authorities must impose fines for a whole list of things classified as data breaches, leaving no room for regulators to exercise discretion,” said Graham.

European data protection authorities, he said, would never be able to get enough funding to implement and enforce all the proposals to the letter as they now stand.

“The result would be that they be forced to pick and choose [which to enforce], which would lead to inconsistencies across Europe,” he said.

Many regulations would also not be enforced, he said, leading to less effective data protection regulation for Europe than those currently in place.

“Surely it is possible to get agreement to say instead that data protection authorities mayimpose fines, rather than must,” said Graham.

Read the whole story HERE.

Students concerned that information online might affect their careers, says ICO – as it launches privacy awareness campaign

Sounds to me like those reckless college years which left traces on personal blogs and social network statuses and photos need to be forgotten 😉

Here’s what UK’s Information Commissioner said in a press release today:

Four out of ten students online (42%) are concerned that personal information available about them online might affect their future employment prospects, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said today, as it launched its 2011 Student Brand Ambassador campaign.

New figures published today also show that many students are not adequately protecting themselves against the risk of identity theft. 1 in 3 (33%) students who have lived at a previous address while at university still haven’t arranged the redirection of all their important post to their current university address. Over three quarters (76%) haven’t checked their credit rating in the last year, and two thirds (66%) have never checked it, allowing suspicious credit applications to go unnoticed.

The ICO today launched its 2011 Student Brand Ambassador Campaign – a nationwide project aimed at raising young people’s awareness of information rights. Students at 15 universities across the UK, including Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Ulster, have been recruited to promote the ICO’s work on campus. Tasks involve spreading the word using social media, generating local media coverage and doing promotional work.

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said:

“In tough times, young people are clearly less relaxed about privacy, particularly in relation to information that they post online – but many may not know what they can do about it. The Student Brand Ambassador campaign is about arming students with the advice they need to protect themselves from obvious dangers such as identity theft and keeping their social lives private. It’s about empowering young people to take back control of their information and I hope the campaign is embraced by students at universities across the UK.”

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  The survey’s total sample size was 500 full time university students. Fieldwork was undertaken between 14 and 17 October 2011.  The survey was carried out online.