Another Data Protection Act! “You’re joking! Not another one!” – A Short History of Data Protection Legislation in the UK – NIPC Law

Posted September 25th, 2017 in data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘Towards the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, concern was expressed in a number of countries about the power of computers to gather, collate and disseminate personal information. In the UK, such concerns were referred to a committee chaired by Sir Kenneth Younger that had been appointed to consider privacy. In its report – the Younger Committee Report on Privacy 1972 (Cmnd 5012) – the committee found no evidence that the use of computers by the private sector constituted a threat to privacy at that time but it accepted the possibility that such use might be a threat in the future (para 69 of that report). Younger advised the government to set up a body with representatives from the computer industry to monitor and report on such use and to recommend action as and when necessary.’

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NIPC Law, 23rd September 2017