Protecting our privacy
Published 09/04/2010 | 05:00
The Data Protection Commissioner is right to be concerned about the balance, or lack of it, being applied by the State in its use of personal data. The problem is not only the "draconian powers", as he called them, employed to access individuals' personal information when dealing with suspected criminal behaviour, but also the anonymity of people entrusted with those powers.
In the past, we have been made aware that some civil servants cannot be trusted with people's personal and private information.
Commenting on a succession of scandals involving lost laptops and various security breaches in government departments, an expert on data protection cited the lamentable fact that "the more public servants who can access data, the more likely it is that something will go wrong".