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DP Changes possible under Con-Lib coalition

The new Government has pledged to increase the Information Commissioner’s powers and roll back the public sector’s intrusive storage of sensitive personal data. The extension of compulsory audit powers to cover private data controllers is on the cards and the public sector will be forced to abandon ID cards and other databases deemed to be excessive.

It is unclear as yet whether custodial sentences for breaches of Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (unauthorised trade in personal data) will be adopted after the previous Government held a consultation but failed to rule on the issue.

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