RIP needs safeguards



David Bicknell

Data protection commissioner Elizabeth France has warned that controversial government legislation to monitor e-mail...



David Bicknell

Data protection commissioner Elizabeth France has warned that controversial government legislation to monitor e-mail must have appropriate safeguards.

In her first annual report as commissioner since full implementation of the new Data Protection Act in 1998, France warned that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill requires strict conditions under which an order or notice can be issued on an Internet service provider.

France added that as IT develops at an exponential rate, and organisations attempt to exploit it, "individuals must be made aware of their privacy rights and given the confidence to use them."

Early evidence suggests that those individuals are becoming more aware that they have privacy rights.

  • The Government has released a long-awaited draft RIP Bill code of practice, detailing how the proposed legislation would work on an operational basis. The Home Office said it had circulated the draft code "as an indication of current thinking".

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