In brief: Justice in favour of Data Protection Bill

The campaign group Justice has welcomed the Data Protection Bill, published on 15 January, as improving the rights to privacy of individuals. But senior legal officer Madeleine Colvin warned that the Bill failed to tackle dangers arising from new technology such as closed circuit television systems, and failed to give the Data Protection Registrar effective powers to control the holding and exchange of information on large databases by public bodies such as the police.