Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online Contents

8Investigatory Powers Bill

41.During the oral evidence session, the ICO issued a stark warning about the Investigatory Powers Bill, currently before Parliament. The ICO said that it creates a “haystack of potential problems” given the huge pools of personal data that it would create and their vulnerability to attack and theft leading to personal data breaches71. We also received evidence from academics who agreed on this point.72The vulnerability of additional pooled data is an important concern that needs to be addressed urgently by the Government. Part of the response could be to require enhanced security requirements and background checks for those with access to large pools of personal data. Data controllers should seek to control and limit access to such pooled data.

71 ICO oral evidence Q282-3

72 Professor Paul Bradshaw, Birmingham City University CYB0022 points 19-20

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