Nearly half of European organisations prevent personal data access

Almost half of European organisations examined in a new study have been found to be engaging in restrictive data practices.

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Published Tue, Jun 24 2014 11:05 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Almost half of public and private sector organisations in Europe are actively blocking people's access to their own personal data, which is against European law.

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A study, which was part of the IRISS - Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies - project examined 184 public and private sector groups across 10 European countries. The requests included paper, digital and CCTV records, according to Engineering and Technology Magazine. Of the requests made, 43 percent were not fulfilled or a legitimate reason was not provided for the lack of disclosure. Over half of all cases - at 56 percent - found no legally compliant response at all over third party data sharing.

"We are selectively marketed to, our locations are tracked by CCTV and automated licence plate recognition systems and our online behavior is monitored, analysed, stored and used," said Professor Clive Norris, of the University of Sheffield. "The challenge for all of us is that our information is often kept from us, despite the law and despite our best efforts to access it."

In 71 percent of cases, the requests were met by automated processes but were not replied to in a legally compliant manner - and those who made the requests were kept in the dark as to where their inquiries were. The public sector performed better than the private sector, with 43 percent of these behaving in a restrictive way - compared to 62 percent of private groups.

NEWS SOURCE:eandt.theiet.org

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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