Welcoming Vice-President Viviane Reding's continuing infraction proceedings against the UK, calling for the UK's Information Commissioner to have the powers supposedly granted under the Data Protection Directive, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:
"Data protection in the UK is weaker than it should be. Powers to fine and inspect private companies are vital. Nor does UK law recognise the idea of 'moral damage' from data intrusions, but will only punish provable financial harm.
"The new government has a great chance to strengthen UK law and make good on the coalition's desire to protect our citizen's privacy."
Vivian Reding's press release can be read here.