Protecting Information Privacy

Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report, No. 69, Summer 2011

105 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2011

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Charles D. Raab

University of Edinburgh

Benjamin J. Goold

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

This report for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) examines the threats to information privacy that have emerged in recent years, focusing on the activities of the state. It argues that current privacy laws and regulation do not adequately uphold human rights, and that fundamental reform is required. It identifies two principal areas of concern: the state’s handling of personal data, and the use of surveillance by public bodies.

The central finding of this report is that the existing approach to the protection of information privacy in the UK is fundamentally flawed, and that there is a pressing need for widespread legislative reform in order to ensure that the rights contained in Article 8 are respected. The report argues for the establishment of a number of key ‘privacy principles’ that can be used to guide future legal reforms and the development of sector-specific regulation.

The right to privacy is at risk of being eroded by the growing demand for information by government and the private sector. Unless we start to reform the law and build a regulatory system capable of protecting information privacy, we may soon find that it is a thing of the past.

Keywords: United Kingdom, Privacy, Human rights

Suggested Citation

Raab, Charles D. and Goold, Benjamin J., Protecting Information Privacy (June 1, 2011). Equality and Human Rights Commission Research Report, No. 69, Summer 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1967198

Charles D. Raab (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Edinburgh, EH8 9LL
United Kingdom

Benjamin J. Goold

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada
(604) 822-3752 (Phone)

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