A consumer investigative broadcasting platform, Watchdog is streaming on BBC One since 1985. The program is centered around exploring complaints and concerns made by viewers and shoppers over issues encountered with merchants, retailers and different organizations around the UK, over customer service, security, products and probable fraudulent conduct.
A Buzzfeed report that claimed leaked document showcased Prime Minister Boris ordering the website gov.uk to be used as a platform to extract “personalized and focused data”.
Buzzfeed reported that Cabinet Office had been instructed by PM Boris Johnson to transform Gov.uk into a “platform to allow targeted and personalized information to be gathered, analyzed and fed back actively to support key decision making” before the Brexit takes place.
It also added that Johnson’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings had instructed higher officials via email commanding that the process of gathering information was to be of the topmost priority and to finalize the process a soon as possible. This information is to be fed into Brexit preparation, he added.
UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), interrogated Her Majesty’s Government with regards to the data collection process of personal information on its’ Gov.uk website.
The legislature has said its point is for public services to be accessible hassle free.
However, privacy rights campaign group Big Brother Watch had guaranteed that the report raised “questions with regards to the authenticity, quickness and reason for such private trailing.”
ICO stated: “We have contacted government regarding the collection of personal data on Gov.uk in order to fully understand its approach to compliance with data protection law and whether any further action is necessary.”