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Re: More Information Sharing

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Tim Turner <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 15 Jan 2007 11:19:36 -0000

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The government needs to find - and definitely not "create" - that better
example and show it to us. I don't understand what data-sharing they are not
be allowed to do by law, which I would want them to do and would therefore
consent to. 

Hopefully these citizen panels who are supposedly going to give the views of
the "public" will get better information than the news media are reporting.

Tim Turner
Data Protection / FOI Officer
Legal and Property Services
Wigan Council

-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nick Landau
Sent: Mon 15 January 2007 10:37
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Subject: Re: [data-protection] More Information Sharing

It is not a very good example as far as Data Protection is concerned, but I
am sure that an example could have been created for living people where
linkage of information between departments might have been useful - although
whether it would be desirable would be another matter.

After all, how many times do people complain about bureaucracy and the
different departments that one has to ring up. In a way the argument is
saying that bureaucracy protects people's liberty - which it does (ie not
having one vast single Government dept) - although I am not quite sure
members of the public might see it that way. Of course, the public might
want it both ways - which is not unusual.

And presumably the restrictions which are in place because of such concerns
do then hamper exchange of information after someone dies - after all they
were formerly living and presumably those checks don't suddenly disappear
because they have just died.

Indeed a good way to obtain information about a living person might be to
claim that they had just died! ;)

Nick Landau

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roland Perry" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [data-protection] More Information Sharing


> In message <00ab01c737d8$5d3b9d00$d1ad8f56@Nick>, at 12:34:41 on Sun, 14 
> Jan 2007, Nick Landau <[log in to unmask]> writes
>>The department cites an example of a family who had a total of 44 contacts

>>with government over 180 days trying to make the necessary arrangements 
>>after a family member died in a road accident.
>>
>>Too often, says the review team, it may be legally forbidden to use 
>>information other than for a single purpose."
>
> But I thought the DPA didn't apply to dead people?
> -- 
> Roland Perry
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