The government does not appreciate the threat posed to privacy by surveillance, peers have warned.
In a report, the Lords Constitution Committee says the Information Commissioner does not have enough power to prevent abuse by the private sector.
Its chairman Lord Goodlad said ministers did not recognise the “fundamental importance of privacy”.
In response, the Ministry of Justice said it did “not regard the UK as a surveillance society”. […]
In a follow-up report, peers warn that the government has not given enough details of how the Information Commissioner’s Office will monitor the effect of surveillance and data collection on privacy.
It also says ministers’ promise of privacy impact assessments to preserve the public’s rights should be “treated with caution” as they are not a panacea and are untried in the UK.
The latest report also criticises the government’s decision not to allow the Information Commissioner’s Office to inspect private sector organisations without their consent.
However, it welcomes the decision by ministers to hold a review into the effectiveness of CCTV.