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UK Telecoms Lack of Web Site Privacy

When the U.S and Canada are the benchmark it's logical to conclude the U.K gets poor ratings as web site privacy especially in the commercial sector is something the U.S and Canada tackled a long time ago. Taking the pragmatic perspective, does it really matter in times when government officials abuse commercially aggregated data, one they cannot legally obtain by themesleves, and so they ought to perform as paper-tigers to access it? Here's an interesting analysis :

"The U.K. industry, however, performed much worse in privacy. Telecom firms, especially in the U.K., ask for more personal data than companies in other industries. This data is often unconnected to the request being made by the customer.

U.K. sites are generally unclear about data sharing practices, with 23 per cent judged to be explicit compared to 69 per cent in the U.S. Clarity in this area has made steady gains in the U.S. in the past 12 months, but the U.K. has shown no significant change.

It is not only clarity that fails in the U.K., but also the actual practices in place. Eleven of the 13 sites routinely share personal data with other internal groups, business partners or third parties without explicit permission. This compared poorly with the U.S., where 40 per cent share in the same way. The best performing site with regards to privacy in the U.K. was O2."

Moreover, the U.K realizing its ongoing negative PR across the globe in respect to the CCTV surveillance myopia, they've released a report claiming Italy's COMINT is worse than their (walking) CCTV surveillance efforts. To publish a privacy policy or not to publish a privacy policy? That "used to be" the question.
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