An old favourite.
Back in early October, following the publishing of my email address without permission on a group of Wirral Councillors’ website, I decided to make enquiries and find out how many of our then 66 councillors were registered as ‘data controllers’ with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
This is a legal, statutory requirement where councillors are acting on behalf of constituents and storing their personal information electronically on home computers.
Within the ICO website, there’s a handy name checker where you can type in a name, address, etc. and discover whether an individual or company is actually registered. I did this for the Wirral 66 and discovered that…. none of them were registered.
So I gave them all fair warning, advising them that they may have been in breach of statutory law. It was possible that not all of them needed to register, but highly unlikely that all 66 didn’t.
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