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UK data protection law needs to provide clearer guidelines to businesses and individuals.

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK data protection law needs to provide clearer guidelines for both individuals and businesses.
In a report published in Computer Weekly, specific clarity has been called for in respect of clarification of personal data following a recent public consultation led by the government.
The ICO would also like to see several other areas of the law improved – including providing greater clarity of consent to use personal information, offering better coordination between freedom of information law and an appreciation that individual’s rights need to be updated to bring them in line with the capabilities of modern technology, and finally a more pragmatic approach to the regulation of international data flows.
The allocation of responsibilities amongst those handling personal data also needs to reflect the changing nature of modern day business relationships, the ICO said.
“We need to ensure that people have real protection for their personal information, not just protection on paper and that we are not distracted by arguments over interpretations of the Data Protection Act,” said David Smith, deputy Information Commissioner.

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