The Government's Shady Plan to Collect Your Data Is Being Investigated by UK Watchdog

By Shabana Arif on at

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is setting out to find just what the bloody hell the government is playing at by collecting the personal data of anyone who visits its various websites.

Earlier this week, a couple of top secret documents were obtained by BuzzFeed News that called for an “accelerated implementation plan” for tracking “digital identity." As you'd expect, a spokesperson for the government quickly piped up to say that it's all legal and above board. What a relief. I'm sure we can all rest easy now that that's been cleared up. Phew!

As is always the case when anyone collecting your data attempts to justify it, it's for your benefit, making the services easier to access. They're really doing you a favour, if anything.

ICO has stepped up to look into it regardless, tweeting out its intention to "fully understand" just what the government is up to and make sure it's in "compliance with data protection law." To what extent it could be held accountable and what measures ICO could actually take to stop any funny business it finds, is up for debate.

Politicians were told that the data collection should be made a “top priority” with the data being needed for the advent of Brexit at the end of October. [BBC News]

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