DWP consultation on extensive sharing of Universal Creditrecipients:ends 12th January
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 It should be withdrawn.
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