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    Telegraph (UK): Compensation should be paid for personal data loss, says report

    The Telegraph discusses a new report from think tank Demos about the value of personal data privacy:

    Putting a price on privacy will deter organisations from losing or abusing people’s personal details, the influential think tank Demos found.

    The recommendation comes amid increasing concern that there has been a dramatic expansion of a “surveillance society”, which threatens to erode civil liberties.

    The report Private Lives, published today, recommended that consumers affected by the misuse or illicit sale of information should be compensated.

    It has also advocated giving consumers more say over how their data is used. More consent should be required before personal data such as medical data and banking details are released, according to the findings. […]

    Furthermore the Information Commissioner’s Office should have new powers to administer fines for misuse of information.

    The report, commissioned by the ICO and Consumer Focus, the Government-backed watchdog, also recommended A Kite-marking scheme, similar to the Food Standards Agency’s hygiene rating system, to help people to make better consumer decisions about how trustworthy particular organisations were. […]

    [The report comes] after the Government announced it was pressing ahead with privately held “Big Brother” databases that opposition leaders said amounted to “state-spying” and a form of “covert surveillance” on the public.

    The police and security services are set to monitor every phone call, text message, email and website visit made by private citizens. The details are set to be stored for a year and will be available for monitoring by government bodies.

    All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications.

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