Public shows new data protection nous
We know our rights, man
Individuals' awareness of their rights under the Data Protection Act (DPA) has reached an all time high, according to new research published from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
It said 90 per cent of individuals know they have a right to see information that an organisation holds about them compared to 74 per cent three years ago.
The nationwide survey reveals that 87 per cent of individuals know they have the right to correct inaccurate personal information held about them – a 10 per cent increase from three years ago.
The ICO said the research highlights how protecting personal information is becoming an increasing concern for many individuals. Nine out of 10 adults worry that organisations are failing to keep their personal information secure while six in ten believe they have lost control over the way their personal information is collected and processed.
It also shows that 94 per cent of individuals are concerned that organisations are selling their personal details to other organisations without permission. People now consider protecting their personal information as the second most socially important issue above the NHS, national security, and environmental issues.
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has made the results available to the House of Lords Constitution Committee for its hearings on the surveillance society.
"It is encouraging that so many people are now aware of their rights under the Data Protection Act and are taking the protection of their personal information more seriously," he said.
"Organisations also have a responsibility to ensure customer information is protected. High standards of security and records management will ensure that companies and public authorities retain the trust and confidence of those who use their services."
This article was originally published at Kablenet.
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Re: Warning Will Robinson - Run away
Using his nationality as part of an attack on his character is clearly at least verging on racist (whether or not the race in question is part of the UK). This is equivalent to suggesting that an Irish politician wants to blow up London because he is Irish.
Reminds me of the editor of the Sun (in England, got a slightly weird name, not going to look it up) and his recent tirade on Question Time against Gordon Brown based purely on the fact that he is Scottish, and "all Scots want is money".
Rights are taken away, not given... the sooner arbitrary organisations are actively denied the ability to collect all our data for who-knows-what purpose the better.
second most socially important issue?
"People now consider protecting their personal information as the second most socially important issue above the NHS, national security, and environmental issues."
I think not!
I bet they let on what the survey was about before asking them this question. The only way this question could work is if its the first question they asked, without telling them what the survey was about. Then they would need to say "List your top five socially important issues".
If they did that, it wouldnt appear in the top five.