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British Lawmakers Are Collecting Users’ Data For the Purpose of ‘Promoting Democratic Engagement’

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Many British MPs’ websites are relying on the GDPR’s “public task” basis to collect users’ data via their constituency websites.

“Public task” — a term which isn’t mentioned under the GDPR but appears in guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) — is one of six lawful bases under which organizations can collect and process data on data subjects

Public officials are relying on a little spoken of clause in The Data Protection Act 2018 that suggests they can collect data if it’s in the “public interest,” which is partly defined by clause 8 of The Data Protection Act 2018 as “[promoting] democratic engagement.”

Lawmakers also include like buttons and other third-party applications on their web pages, making them complicit in the data collection practices they’ve spent months criticizing Facebook over.

The ICO has expressed “concern” about the provision, and defined it as “very wide,” in evidence submitted to the Public Bill Committee.

Originally via Indivigital

Many British MPs’ websites are relying on the GDPR’s “public task” basis to collect users’ data via their constituency websites.

See the original article at https://indivigital.com/news/british-lawmakers-are-collecting-their-users-data-to-promote-democratic-engagement/

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