Sunday, 21 January 2018

Ignoring victims again?

The States voted unanimously to pass updates to data protection law to bring it in line with EU General Data Protection Regulations.  What is quite fascinating is the description given online  See   

Businesses can be fined up to £20million for losing customers data, but no where in the article  is there any comment about the victims right to redress or restitution if their data (and be sure it is their data) is lost or stolen.  So a nice little potential earner for the States of Jersey, much like the Criminal Offences Confiscation Fund and the Drugs Trafficking  Confiscation Fund.

I was also very amused to read the world of the Chief Minister "It will strengthen Jersey’s reputation as having a well-regulated, business-friendly data protection regulation".  Again nothing about the victims or protecting ordinary people.  And that old mantra about being well regulated . How many times do we hear that when  some aspect of government is under scrutiny from outside?

Having a raft of regulation and  mechanisms to uphold them is all just  window dressing if those regulations don't tackle the actual problem. Even worse in some cases giver every appearance of being carefully crafted to allow certain practices to  persist despite the  marketing presentation of the being 'well regulated' 

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