PUT A STOP TO COLD CALLING AFTER 5pm

I am fed up with being bombarded by coldcallers on my home landline during evenings and at weekends. I resent having my evening meal interrupted either by people trying to sell me something (recently a windows salesman rang me on a Sunday morning!), or what is even more obnoxious, a recorded message telling me about how to wipe out my credit card debt! a) I don't  have a credit card and b) they can't even be bothered to ring me in person and yet  are very happy to disturb MY peace in the privacy of MY home!

We all lead frenetic lives and the down time we spend recuperating in the evenings and at weekends is extremely precious to us all and to family life. Please make it illegal to coldcall after 5pm and at weekends. I run a business myself and I appreciate the marketing value of coldcalling, but there is a time and place for everything. Outside hours, I feel it is at best an infringement of the householder's civil liberties for their private space to be invaded, uninvited, and at worst  is tantamount to harrassment! I am sure that many people will agree. Our free time and  privacy in our own home are sacrasant – come on, let's start defending them! (The same goes for junkmail and spam by the way – please make it harder for these companies to bombard us unless at our request and easier for us to get them to remove us from their database – please make it harder for them to obtain our details in the first place. Let's make data protection work in our favour for a change.)

Why is this idea important?

I am fed up with being bombarded by coldcallers on my home landline during evenings and at weekends. I resent having my evening meal interrupted either by people trying to sell me something (recently a windows salesman rang me on a Sunday morning!), or what is even more obnoxious, a recorded message telling me about how to wipe out my credit card debt! a) I don't  have a credit card and b) they can't even be bothered to ring me in person and yet  are very happy to disturb MY peace in the privacy of MY home!

We all lead frenetic lives and the down time we spend recuperating in the evenings and at weekends is extremely precious to us all and to family life. Please make it illegal to coldcall after 5pm and at weekends. I run a business myself and I appreciate the marketing value of coldcalling, but there is a time and place for everything. Outside hours, I feel it is at best an infringement of the householder's civil liberties for their private space to be invaded, uninvited, and at worst  is tantamount to harrassment! I am sure that many people will agree. Our free time and  privacy in our own home are sacrasant – come on, let's start defending them! (The same goes for junkmail and spam by the way – please make it harder for these companies to bombard us unless at our request and easier for us to get them to remove us from their database – please make it harder for them to obtain our details in the first place. Let's make data protection work in our favour for a change.)

Define Data Protection

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!

Why is this idea important?

While I agree that I do not want my private data to get into the wrong hands the majority of institutions and organisations that I have had to converse with by phone seem to use this as an excuse for being totally unhelpful. It is terrible when you cannot help your teenage, young adult children to sort out a problem because someone will not speak to you. Also, I have been married for nearly 30 years and cannot get Utility companies to put Mr & Mrs on the bill and then if I have to ring they will not speak to Mrs because it is Mr on the account! Rediculous!

Human Responsibility Act

A review of the Human Rights Act should be undertaken with an emphasis upon altering the position around certain 'qualified' rights.  Whilst 'absolute' rights like right to life should of course remain, the qualified rights could have a clause inserted that changed the emphasis.  In other words you as an individual are responsible for maintaining your 'full set' of rights. e.g. a criminal convicted of a crime against others has irresponsibly lowered the threshold for their individual right to say 'private and family life' especially when weighed against the victim affected.  This position places greater focus upon the majority who deserve to full private and family life allowing other legislation to feed off this central piece of legislation to further protect them.

Further tweaks to associated legsilation could take plac that helps change the community emphasis e.g. change the Data Protection Act (which is actually a good piece of legislation, but it hugel misunderstood) to the Data Sharing Act. It could then be more specfic about how/when data should/must be shared to control the miscreant.

Why is this idea important?

A review of the Human Rights Act should be undertaken with an emphasis upon altering the position around certain 'qualified' rights.  Whilst 'absolute' rights like right to life should of course remain, the qualified rights could have a clause inserted that changed the emphasis.  In other words you as an individual are responsible for maintaining your 'full set' of rights. e.g. a criminal convicted of a crime against others has irresponsibly lowered the threshold for their individual right to say 'private and family life' especially when weighed against the victim affected.  This position places greater focus upon the majority who deserve to full private and family life allowing other legislation to feed off this central piece of legislation to further protect them.

Further tweaks to associated legsilation could take plac that helps change the community emphasis e.g. change the Data Protection Act (which is actually a good piece of legislation, but it hugel misunderstood) to the Data Sharing Act. It could then be more specfic about how/when data should/must be shared to control the miscreant.

Patients should have control over their data – there should not be any surprises

Patients should have the right to choose whether or not their personal and/or clinical data is processed (including but not restricted to, uploading to databases, shared, accessed and so on).  Explicit informed consent should be required BEFORE any personal or clinical data can be added to databases or other means of storing or sharing data.  Automatic opt-in should not be allowed to avoid patients being surprised to find out that their data is being processed for any purpose other than the specific purpose they were provided for.

IT should not drive patients' rights – patients need to be in control of their data.  Going to your GP should not be a worry as to whether your data is going to end up on some database that you are not aware of, or that some researcher is going to be able to trawl through your records without your consent.  This is not acceptable.

This applies to all data processing possibilities concerning patient data (personal and clinical).  To help to avoid surprises and to ensure that patients are kept fully informed of any processing of their data (and to ensure that only processing that has been consented to is taking place), patients should be provided with a regular list of all potential forms of data processing possible regarding their data together with a list of any processing that they have currently consented to.

Why is this idea important?

Patients should have the right to choose whether or not their personal and/or clinical data is processed (including but not restricted to, uploading to databases, shared, accessed and so on).  Explicit informed consent should be required BEFORE any personal or clinical data can be added to databases or other means of storing or sharing data.  Automatic opt-in should not be allowed to avoid patients being surprised to find out that their data is being processed for any purpose other than the specific purpose they were provided for.

IT should not drive patients' rights – patients need to be in control of their data.  Going to your GP should not be a worry as to whether your data is going to end up on some database that you are not aware of, or that some researcher is going to be able to trawl through your records without your consent.  This is not acceptable.

This applies to all data processing possibilities concerning patient data (personal and clinical).  To help to avoid surprises and to ensure that patients are kept fully informed of any processing of their data (and to ensure that only processing that has been consented to is taking place), patients should be provided with a regular list of all potential forms of data processing possible regarding their data together with a list of any processing that they have currently consented to.

Review requirements for ‘Protective Marking’ with more common sense approach

Review requirement for all government agencies to introduce protective marking at all levels , as set out in HMG Security Policy Framework, May 2010 (see http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/207318/hmg_security_policy.pdf)  and replace with a more common sense approach which reduces the amount of bureaucracy and the number of mandatory requirements.

Why is this idea important?

Review requirement for all government agencies to introduce protective marking at all levels , as set out in HMG Security Policy Framework, May 2010 (see http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/207318/hmg_security_policy.pdf)  and replace with a more common sense approach which reduces the amount of bureaucracy and the number of mandatory requirements.

Religious bodies should not hold personal data against our will

Religious organisations such as CoE should be required by law to destroy all the data they have about individuals if they request it. This includes baptism records.

Why is this idea important?

Religious organisations such as CoE should be required by law to destroy all the data they have about individuals if they request it. This includes baptism records.

Patients data and databases – there should be no surprises

Patients should be autonomous – have the freedom to control – the processing of their personal and clinical data/records.  They should also be kept fully informed as to the processing of their personal and medical data on a regular basis.

So BEFORE any personal or clinical data can be added to a database/register or other data storage system the patient should be asked to give informed consent.  If the patient refuses consent then the data should not be processed (that includes sharing, uploading, accessing and so on).  

There should not be any surprises for the patient regarding processing of their personal and clinical data.

Why is this idea important?

Patients should be autonomous – have the freedom to control – the processing of their personal and clinical data/records.  They should also be kept fully informed as to the processing of their personal and medical data on a regular basis.

So BEFORE any personal or clinical data can be added to a database/register or other data storage system the patient should be asked to give informed consent.  If the patient refuses consent then the data should not be processed (that includes sharing, uploading, accessing and so on).  

There should not be any surprises for the patient regarding processing of their personal and clinical data.

Keep personal data private

All personal data held by the state should only be released to third parties with the express permission of the individual to whom that data applies.

At present government departments (Such as the DVLA and the Land Registry) sell personal data to commercial organisations (private parking enforcers, house price comparison websites) without needing permission.

The Electoral Roll requires the permission of the individual before data is published in a public list.

All existing legislation should be reviewed and any future legislation should be modelled on the Electoral Roll; At the time data is entered on a government data base (e.g. buying a car or house) express permission must be given for the data to be made public.

Why is this idea important?

All personal data held by the state should only be released to third parties with the express permission of the individual to whom that data applies.

At present government departments (Such as the DVLA and the Land Registry) sell personal data to commercial organisations (private parking enforcers, house price comparison websites) without needing permission.

The Electoral Roll requires the permission of the individual before data is published in a public list.

All existing legislation should be reviewed and any future legislation should be modelled on the Electoral Roll; At the time data is entered on a government data base (e.g. buying a car or house) express permission must be given for the data to be made public.

Giving unnecessary information

There should be a presumption that personal information is not given rather than expected or required. For example when a purchase is made, the seller should not have the right to demand anything other than the cost of the item. Too many – e.g rail companies or theatres – insist that personal information is given.

Why is this idea important?

There should be a presumption that personal information is not given rather than expected or required. For example when a purchase is made, the seller should not have the right to demand anything other than the cost of the item. Too many – e.g rail companies or theatres – insist that personal information is given.

Consumer Credit Licences

Many business are constituted as groups of limited companies – usually 100% owned by the top, parent company.

This should be streamlined so that Group licences are available.

I am sure that there are other compliance processes where this principle could be extended such as Data Protection Notification, FSA registration, etc.

Why is this idea important?

Many business are constituted as groups of limited companies – usually 100% owned by the top, parent company.

This should be streamlined so that Group licences are available.

I am sure that there are other compliance processes where this principle could be extended such as Data Protection Notification, FSA registration, etc.

Curtail the power of the DVLA

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Mandatory disclosure of loss of data / security incidents

When an organisation looses, misplaces or abuses data held about you or when an organisation is hacked, attacked or circumvented they should have to report such things to the Information Commissioner, it's shareholders (if plc), the police (where a crime has been committed) and the individuals who's data may have been abused.

Why is this idea important?

When an organisation looses, misplaces or abuses data held about you or when an organisation is hacked, attacked or circumvented they should have to report such things to the Information Commissioner, it's shareholders (if plc), the police (where a crime has been committed) and the individuals who's data may have been abused.

Make the Data Protection Act Stronger

The current Data Protection ACT does not go far enough and far too many Public and Private sector companies are allowed to play around with our information. The ICO needs to be given greater powers and actually forced to use them.

Obviously although the ICO's office can do a lot right now, they still choose not to exercise their full powers. However new powers such as crimilar records for Data Processors does need to be introduced.

Why is this idea important?

The current Data Protection ACT does not go far enough and far too many Public and Private sector companies are allowed to play around with our information. The ICO needs to be given greater powers and actually forced to use them.

Obviously although the ICO's office can do a lot right now, they still choose not to exercise their full powers. However new powers such as crimilar records for Data Processors does need to be introduced.

Reduce the time bad information is kept on your Credit File

I think that the time that information relating to debt which is recorded on your credit file should be deleted after 3 years and not 6 years, which is the present situation.

This would mean that information such as defaults, CCJ's, Insolvency, missed payments etc would drop of your credit file after 3 years.

Why is this idea important?

I think that the time that information relating to debt which is recorded on your credit file should be deleted after 3 years and not 6 years, which is the present situation.

This would mean that information such as defaults, CCJ's, Insolvency, missed payments etc would drop of your credit file after 3 years.

This call is being recorded for training purposes

For some reason, every time you telephone a corporation, public or private, you have to hear a recorded voice saying: "This call is being recorded for training purposes". I don't know why. Someone's afraid of something. Maybe transgressing the Data Protection Act ? It's irritating and shouldn't be necessary.

Why is this idea important?

For some reason, every time you telephone a corporation, public or private, you have to hear a recorded voice saying: "This call is being recorded for training purposes". I don't know why. Someone's afraid of something. Maybe transgressing the Data Protection Act ? It's irritating and shouldn't be necessary.

OPTING OUT OF THE NHS MEDICAL RECORDS DATABASE

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.

Why is this idea important?

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.

Ammend the Land Registration Act to allow price paid information to remain private

Currently, the Land Registration act and subsequent Statutory Instruments allow the land registry to sell information held on it's database to commercial organisations. Typically, this includes price paid information.

There is no opt-out from this, as there is in the case of data held on the electoral roll.

My suggestion is that legislation be ammensded to allow the land owner to decide if personal information (such as price paid, date of purchase etc) should be available in the public domain.

This should not preclude the use of information to compile statistics.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, the Land Registration act and subsequent Statutory Instruments allow the land registry to sell information held on it's database to commercial organisations. Typically, this includes price paid information.

There is no opt-out from this, as there is in the case of data held on the electoral roll.

My suggestion is that legislation be ammensded to allow the land owner to decide if personal information (such as price paid, date of purchase etc) should be available in the public domain.

This should not preclude the use of information to compile statistics.

Scrap Information Commissioner’s Office and Data Protection Registration

I run a small business and because I maintain customer records on a computer ( what business doesn't these days) I am forced to register for data protection with the Information Commissioners Office. Every year they charge my company £35 by direct debit and send me a letter confirming that I am registered for another 12 months.

This is a complete nonsense.

The Data Commissioners Offixce do not monitor my performance; they have no idea if i am complying with the regulations and their only purpose, as admitted to me by one of their staff, is to issue certificates and collect annual fees.

The whole department is probably costing £millions to run every year and adds no value. It should be closed, saving businesses time and money which could be invested in other things.

I also understand that Clubs , Societies and Associations also get caught up under this legislation and are forced to pay an annual fee.

By all means retain the Data Protection Act 1998 as it protects individuals having their personal details distributed to unscrupulous third parties, but scrap the need to register.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I run a small business and because I maintain customer records on a computer ( what business doesn't these days) I am forced to register for data protection with the Information Commissioners Office. Every year they charge my company £35 by direct debit and send me a letter confirming that I am registered for another 12 months.

This is a complete nonsense.

The Data Commissioners Offixce do not monitor my performance; they have no idea if i am complying with the regulations and their only purpose, as admitted to me by one of their staff, is to issue certificates and collect annual fees.

The whole department is probably costing £millions to run every year and adds no value. It should be closed, saving businesses time and money which could be invested in other things.

I also understand that Clubs , Societies and Associations also get caught up under this legislation and are forced to pay an annual fee.

By all means retain the Data Protection Act 1998 as it protects individuals having their personal details distributed to unscrupulous third parties, but scrap the need to register.

 

 

Data Protection Act

There is no common sence in this applicatiion, when you phone from your home and it concerns your partner (Insurance, utility accounts etc) you cannot do anything with it because it is in your partners name, the human at the other end of the phone should be able to determine from a couple of questions that the data remains protected but usable?

Why is this idea important?

There is no common sence in this applicatiion, when you phone from your home and it concerns your partner (Insurance, utility accounts etc) you cannot do anything with it because it is in your partners name, the human at the other end of the phone should be able to determine from a couple of questions that the data remains protected but usable?

DVLA driver information disclosure

Repeal /amend  the law that allows the DVLA to disclose personal information of vehicle ownership  to private companies and individuals in pursuance of alleged parking offences etc..  This information is regularly used by unscrupulous so called 'parking enforcement' organisations to pressurise and intimidate the named individual.

This information should only be disclosed to the police and other statutory legal authority.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal /amend  the law that allows the DVLA to disclose personal information of vehicle ownership  to private companies and individuals in pursuance of alleged parking offences etc..  This information is regularly used by unscrupulous so called 'parking enforcement' organisations to pressurise and intimidate the named individual.

This information should only be disclosed to the police and other statutory legal authority.

Data Protection Laws

Scrap the whole lot. Its a lot a red tape which does nothing to give any of us any protection.

I am so fed up with having to go through endless questions to check my identify every time I call anyone..(with the exception of banking who should have their own security protocols)

Why is this idea important?

Scrap the whole lot. Its a lot a red tape which does nothing to give any of us any protection.

I am so fed up with having to go through endless questions to check my identify every time I call anyone..(with the exception of banking who should have their own security protocols)