Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Grieve QC MP has announced a list of proposals a future Conservative government would put into place to “reverse the rise of the Surveillance State”.
Sounds good but what are the facts behind the soundbites? More importantly what are the omissions behind the soundbites? What isn’t said is as important as what is. Specifically with reference to the Information Commissioner’s Office, a body which Mr Grieve wants to give more powers to.
Those who have followed the Phorm story will no doubt be aware that the ICO is complicit in allowing Phorm and BT to get away with their secret and illegal tests as any other government department. Perhaps even more so because it is not unreasonable to expect those charged with the guardianship of Data Protection legislation to have a decent understanding of such legislation.
Mr Grieve has failed to understand the Information Commissioner’s Office complicity. Perhaps he doesn’t know about it.