Privacy concerns in the UK over government instructions for businesses to record customers contact details

According to the Guardian, privacy groups expressed concerns following the announcement by the UK government that the hospitality business will need to record people’s contact details in case they need to assist with test-and-trace efforts. For Silkie Carlo, the director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, ‘this sounds like an excessive and intrusive move designed to paper over the cracks of a much bigger contact tracing failure’. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it was ‘assessing the potential data protection implications of this proposed scheme and is monitoring developments’.

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