DWP consultation on extensive sharing of Universal Creditrecipients:ends 12th January

Peter Tomlinson pwt at iosis.co.uk
Sat Jan 10 12:31:51 GMT 2015

On 10/01/2015 08:38, Mary Hawking wrote:
> Is the DWP allowed - under DPA or other legislation - to share personal (and
> sensitive) information about with many organisations including landlords?
This isn't a direct answer, more expressing concern as to whether Data 
Protection legislation applies, and in particular whether the emphasis 
on online working will result in more organisations or persons having to 
be registered as Data Processors under that legislation.

There was a problem with the bus pass scheme (ENCTS) because the dataset 
defined for holding the pass in the smart card has space for personal 
data (name and DoB and gender in particular). In order to validate the 
pass, the bus ticket machine has to read the entire dataset, and, if 
there is personal data present, the bus operator thereby becomes a Data 
Processor. That was not the intent, but it took a while to convince DfT 
that LAs must not encode personal data in the chip held in the pass...

On this current DWP consultation, the document is badly written, with 
several glaring errors. It should be withdrawn.


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