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COUNCILS ARE HAMSTRUNG BY DATA PROTECTION ACT

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Local authorities are hamstrung by legislation such as the data protection act 1994 because they cannot cross secti...
Local authorities are hamstrung by legislation such as the data protection act 1994 because they cannot cross section personal data which would throw light on broader trends such as the epidemiology of disease, reports the Independent (p9).

Speaking at a conference of data protection in Manchester yesterday, Professor Stan Openshaw of Leeds University said he was particularly concerned about legal restrictions on updating census data.

Local authorities could not compare the circumstances of individuals year by year and had to rely on information up to nine years old on which to base planning decisions and allocate resources.
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