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A Surveillance Society - Public Perceptions: Qualitative Research Report

This report prepared for the COI on behalf of the Information Commissioner's Office is based on a qualitative research survey involving a series of discussion groups in different parts of the UK.  It examines the extent of public awareness and the concerns felt about surveillance, data sharing and other privacy and data protection issues.

Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch was set up to challenge policies that threaten personal privacy, freedoms and civil liberties, and to expose the true scale of the surveillance state. Founded in 2009, it researches the erosion of civil liberties in the UK, looking at the dramatic expansion of surveillance powers, the growth of the database state and the misuse of personal information.

Big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data protection

This discussion paper looks at the implications of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for data protection, and explains the ICO’s views on these. The main conclusions are that, while data protection can be challenging in a big data context, the benefits will not be achieved at the expense of data privacy rights; and meeting data protection requirements will benefit both organisations and individuals. Six key recommendations for organisations using big data analytics are set out.

Data Protection Guide - UK

This is a link to a key page of the Information Commissioner’s website.  It provides full details of the Data Protection Act, codes of practice and technical guidance notes, as well as links to other relevant sources such as the National Audit Office report on managing information risk.

Data Protection Guides - European Commission

Developments of a frontier free Internal Market and of the so called 'information society' have increased the cross-frontier flows of personal data between Member States. In order to remove potential obstacles to such flows and to ensure a high level of protection within the EU, data protection legislation has been harmonised. The following page sets out what are your rights as an EU citizen.

Dialogue on Data : Exploring the public’s viewson using administrative data for research purposes

This report describes the findings from a public dialogue on administrative data commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The overall objectives were to explore public understanding and views of administrative data and data linking.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Guidance Note for the Research Sector: Appropriate use of different legal bases under the GDPR

EFAMRO and ESOMAR created a report to  provide a framework to researchers:Understand the basic principles of the new GDPR framework focusing on the data processing and collection principles; determine the appropriate legal grounds to collect, process or further process personal data for all types of research, the conditions that need to be followed and the associated data subject rights; and assess the implications of the different legal grounds for statistical and/or scientific research.

ICO Annual Report 2012-2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office annual report includes a brief section on the work done by the ICO with regard to in-vehicle telematics. It describes how the ICO engaged with this issue in its early stages to ensure that safeguards were designed in from the outset, meeting with the Association of British Insurers and insurance companies to discuss developing industry guidelines.

New research finds data trust deficit withlessons for policymakers

Research for the Royal Statistical Society carried out by Ipsos MORI reveals that the media, internet companies, telecommunications companies and insurance companies all come at the bottom of a “trust in data” league table. Only between four and seven per cent say they have a high level of trust in these organisations to use data appropriately, compared with 36% trusting the NHS, and 41% trusting their GP.

PASC demands that Government stats are presented with "the whole truth"

In a Report on Communicating Statistics released on Wednesday 29th May 2013, entitled “Not Just True, but Also Fair” the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) recommends that departmental press officers and government statistics staff should work together much more closely to ensure that press releases give an accurate and meaningful picture of the truth behind the figures. Read the full report here:

PASC Reports on Public Trust in Government Statistics

In a recent report, the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) concluded, despite the positive steps implemented by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, there remain issues and concerns about the way government statistics are produced and disseminated which remain a genuine risk to public confidence in the statistical system and must be addressed. Visit the website below for access to the article and supporting reports:

Privacy in peril

This article by Paul Peachey in the Independent Newspaper reports the warning by the Government’s Surveillance Commissioner that the public face “a very real risk” to their privacy from the huge roadside surveillance network that captures millions of motorists every day.

Privacy International

Privacy International’s mission is to defend the right to privacy across the world, and to fight surveillance and other intrusions into private life by governments and corporations. Its vision is a world in which privacy is protected by governments, respected by corporations and cherished by individuals. PI was founded in 1990 and is the oldest international privacy organisation in the world.

Privacy under pressure

A series of three programmes on BBC Radio 4. Steve Hewlett describes the extraordinary amount of information which can be gleaned from our online behaviour and smartphones. Is new technology, he asks, having a profound effect on our notions of privacy?

Public confidence in official statistics

NatCen Social Research has today published the results of a survey of public confidence in official statistics, commissioned by the UK Statistics Authority. 

Survey Reveals Consumer Mistrust of Businesses over Identity Fraud

This survey by YouGov for identity fraud prevention specialists GB found that only half (52%) of consumers in Great Britain trust their high street bank or building society to protect their personal details from identity thieves.

The UK’s 19 most infamous data breaches 2015

Globally, the UK currently ranks a distant second behind the US for data breaches. Software vulnerabilities, lost hard drives and CDs, malicious insiders, poor security - the UK's most important data breaches reveal just how many ways data can be put at risk.

Trust and Public Confidence in Official Statistics

A series of reports from a project run by ONS and the Statistics Commission. Improving trust and public confidence in official statistics - demonstrating that they are produced to the highest standards and are free from political interference is a key objective of National Statistics. The aim is to better understand the nature of this trust by exploring peoples’ views on statistics and what those views are based on.

Understanding Society: The power and perils ofdata

The Power and Perils of Data focuses on the potential for data to improve the way people live their lives, as well as exploring public views on some of the risks this greater reliance on data brings.

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