Recently in HO anti-fraud disclosure CoP Category

It looks as if the combined efforts of the FOIA request submission and tracking website, together with the interest in the topic shown by the BBC Radio 4 iPM programme - Share What They Know?, has eventually resulted in the disclosure of the "missing" Statutory Code Of Practice, which is supposed to regulate the infinite powers under the Serious Crime Act 2007, for public authorities to share your personal sensitive data, with private sector "specified anti-fraud organisations".

The next Home Office data security and privacy disaster ? Sharing all our financial details with private sector "specified anti-fraud organisations"

See our resulting FOIA request via the website:

Home Office - latest copy or draft of the Serious Crime Act 2007 Code of practice for disclosure of information to prevent fraud

The actual Code of Practice is available from the website entitled:

Data Sharing for the Prevention of Fraud (.pdf 277Kb)

Code of practice for public authorities disclosing
information to a specified anti-fraud organisation under
sections 68 to 72 of the Serious Crime Act 2007

Incredibly, in spite of all the recent lost sensitive private data scandals, this Code of Practice manages not to make a single mention of strong encryption

There is no clue as to why, when the Code of Practice was presented to Parliament on their return from the Summer recess, on Monday 6th October, the accompanying Statutory Instrument came into force on 1st October.

Why could the Home Office not have made the legal powers only come into force at the same time , or after the publication of the Code of Practice ?

Were they planning to dither and prevaricate and not bother publishing this weak Code of Practice for several months longer ?

Having been chided by the estimable Julian Todd, for not making use of the ver improving FOIA request submission and tracking website, we have decided to try our luck in sending in an FOIA request through that website, rather than directly via email.

See the Spy Blog article The next Home Office data security and privacy disaster ? Sharing all our financial details with private sector "specified anti-fraud organisations"

Will we get an idea of what the alleged data handling security and privacy safeguards are supposed to be, before the new powers to circumvent the Common Law Duty of Confidentiality which used to protect our financial and medical details, which come into force on 1st October ?

The text of our - FOIA request:

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This United Kingdom based blog has been spawned from Spy Blog, and is meant to provide a place to track our Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to United Kingdom Government and other Public Authorities.

If you have suggestions for other FOIA requests,  bearing in mind the large list of exemptions, then email them to us, or use the comments facility on this blog, and we will see  what we can do, without you yourself having to come under the direct scrutiny of  "Sir Humphrey Appleby" or his minions.

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