Commission's statement on privacy

A Commission spokesperson said:

'The Government’s email and web monitoring plans would potentially be incompatible with the right to privacy of many ordinary people in the UK.'

'The Commission's own research last year into information privacy concluded that there was a lack of proper regulatory oversight and too much conflicting legislation, all of which fails to provide adequate protection for citizens and their private information.'

'We found that the way the government and its agencies collect, use and store personal data is not respecting people s right to privacy. However, because of the complexity of the current laws,  obligations are unclear and authorities may be unaware they are breaking the law.'

'These issues need properly addressing rather than introducing new proposals which further reduce people's rights to privacy.'

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