Thousands on secret council blacklists: Personal details kept of residents who dare to complain

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:24 am

Thousands on secret council blacklists: Personal details kept of residents who dare to complain

Nearly 9,000 people are on database
Data held includes phone numbers, car registrations and even nicknames


Thousands of people involved in disagreements with council staff have had their personal details stored on secret blacklists.

Bureaucrats have listed the details of members of the public who have been involved in rows with teachers or dustmen over seemingly trivial matters.

Scores of councils hold databases of ‘undesirables’ – individuals who could potentially pose a threat to their staff.

They hold the details of almost 9,000 people, but most have never been charged with or convicted of a crime.

Personal information such as car registration numbers, telephone numbers, household pets, nicknames and distinguishing features are listed on the databases.

Earlier this year the Coalition pledged to crack down on the legacy of Labour’s surveillance society.

Ministers have investigated the number of state powers of entry contained in primary and secondary legislation and were astonished to discover 1,200 in existence – more than 400 of which were created by Labour.

Thirty-four of the 78 councils in England contacted by the Daily Mail admitted having the watch lists and five more are planning to introduce them this year. The total will be higher because there are more than 350 councils in England.

Councils have wildly different criteria for placing people on the blacklist. Many are put there simply after a form is filled out by a member of staff and then rubber-stamped by a manager.

Telford and Wrekin Council said it lists residents ‘if a person behaves in a way which is felt could pose a significant threat of physical or mental harm to employees’.

Doncaster Council said a ‘person needs to pose a potential danger to an employee of the council, or someone acting on behalf of council’ to be put on the list.

But in many councils hundreds of staff can access personal information about people logged as a potential threat, even though they have no contact with the public and so could never be in danger.

Last night Daniel Hamilton, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: ‘It beggars belief to think that so many councils are wasting precious financial resources compiling databases of “undesirable” local residents.
Big Brother: Better keep your cool when reporting graffiti to your local council or they could be watching you

'While councils have a duty to protect their staff, they also have a duty to respect the privacy of local residents.

‘People who have never committed a crime should not have their details logged like common criminals. Their details should be deleted immediately.’

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, has warned councils that they have a legal duty to keep the information secure.

A spokesman for his office said councils had a duty of care to protect their staff, which could involve putting them on a list.

But he added: ‘These markers should be used very carefully and should contain the reasons for identifying individuals as being potentially violent.’

He said councils should inform residents who are on the database, setting out how they ended up on it. Only in extreme cases where a council believed that telling a resident they were on the list would lead to a violent reaction should they not approach the individual.
Good citizen treated like a criminal

When she spotted a drunk trampling flowers in a park, Jane Clift saw it as her public duty to report him.

But her efforts led to a nightmare in which she was branded potentially violent and put on a council blacklist with thugs and sex attackers.

Her details were circulated to public and private bodies, including doctors’, dentists’, opticians’, libraries, contraceptive clinics, schools and nurseries.

Their staff were advised not to see her alone. The 44-year-old former care worker was forced to withdraw an application to become a foster parent and to leave the town where she had lived for ten years.

Her ordeal began in August 2005 when she called the police after the drunk threatened her in a park in Slough, Berkshire.

He had fled by the time police arrived, but they advised her to contact the council, which was running a campaign to persuade people to report anti-social behaviour. When a worker in the anti-social behaviour unit allegedly failed to take action, Mrs Clift went to a higher level. A co-ordinator claimed she became ‘very difficult’ during a phone call.

In December 2005, Mrs Clift received a letter from the council to say she had been put on the register of potentially violent people.

After a four-year legal battle, the High Court ordered Slough Council to pay her £12,000 in libel damages.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015332/Thousands-secret-council-blacklists-Personal-details-kept-residents-dare-complain.html#ixzz1SG61yQPo

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:56 am

Surely this is in breach of the Data Protection Act? scratch

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:35 am

Feelthelove wrote:Surely this is in breach of the Data Protection Act? scratch

The Data Protection Act only applies to the LibLabCon, when it suits them! Twisted Evil

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Post by victorismyhero on Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:17 pm

The logical conclusion of PC...complain and we will put you on our blacklist along with druggies and the like, totally ruining your lives, employment chances etc etc etc.

told you...mind control.....
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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:44 am

victorismyhero wrote:The logical conclusion of PC...complain and we will put you on our blacklist along with druggies and the like, totally ruining your lives, employment chances etc etc etc.

told you...mind control.....

As far as I understand it, data such as this can only be retained for a specific purpose ie not a "just in case" scenario. I would urge anyone who suspects that they may be on this list to make a formal complaint No

"Personal data must be:

* Processed fairly and lawfully.
* Processed only for one or more specified and lawful purpose.
* Adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes.
* Accurate and kept up to date - data subjects have the right to have inaccurate personal data corrected or destroyed if the personal information is inaccurate to any matter of fact.
* Kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes it is being processed.
* Processed in line with the rights of individuals - this includes the right to be informed of all the information held about them, to prevent processing of their personal information for marketing purposes, and to compensation if they can prove they have been damaged by a data controller's non-compliance with the Act.
* Secured against accidental loss, destruction or damage and against unauthorised or unlawful processing - this applies to you even if your business uses a third party to process personal information on your behalf.
* Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area - the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - that do not have adequate protection for individuals' personal information, unless a condition from Schedule four of the Act can be met.

http://www.datashredltd.co.uk/The-8-Principles-of-the-Data-Protection-Act-1998

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Post by Guest on Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:57 pm

I dread to think how many Black (can we still call them that?) Question Wink lists I'm on then! affraid lol! lol!

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:25 pm

Yup, you have NOW been added to yet another neutrally coloured /uncoloured list...!

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