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The UK's privacy watchdog lags most of Europe in the strength of its powers, according to research produced by a data protection journal. While 16 of the EU's 27 data protection watchdogs have the power to impose fines, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is still waiting to be granted that power, Privacy & Data …

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"not very bitey"

That's GOT to be the understatement of the year so far.

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Not very barky either

Sometimes a bit yappy. Seeing as it's in Jack's lap, you'd have to call it a lapdog really. Not its fault - I can't think of anyone who might want to be in Jack's lap.

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first the financial institutions

and their patheticly regulated shithouse of cards collapsed leaving everyone to stand around handheld exclaiming "oh shit, our money, why did we trust them?"

next will be our idiot government, standing around going "X thousands of highly sensitive personal profiles have possibly been remotely compromised at a secure BT North London Telecom data aggregation facility, government sources advised that the breached data segment may only be affecting Northern Irish catholic and non-catholic browser segments", No one organisation has yet come forward claiming ownership of the data incursion.

Its good to know the ones holding the keys to pandoras box are gutless, toothless bunch more likely to listen to corporate lobbying than they would savvy members of the public!

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That's because it's not a watchdog.

It's merely a shopfront set up to make people think it's a watchdog and that Government is acting the in the best interests of the consumers and the electorate.

Phorm is probably the best example of a supposed regulator doing everything it can other than it's fucking job. On the whole this is less about a regulator lacking bite and more about a Goverment that doesn't know how to stop sucking.

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In other news...

... oh, you know the rest. Popes, Bears...

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can we have a most toothless competion?

My vote is the IPCC,( Independent Police Complaints Commission) at least the Data commissioner sometimes yaps.... Although the GSCC ( General Social Care Council ) I think has manged to locate an invisiblity cloak as nothing has been heard from them in years

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A fig leaf with teeth?

Never happen in blighty.

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Wot Will Said....

The ICO exists for the sole purpose of appearing to comply with EU law.

As pointed out in another story a few days ago the govt got a nasttygram from EU that the current DPA laws and ICO office DO NOT comply with EU law.

Give them another 20 years and they might get around to complying with 2009 laws....

ICO isn't the only govt body lke this. Ofcom's consumer protection policies are clearly aimed at not enforcing existing UK laws, let alone more sensible EU ones.

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