The Liberal Democrats have set up a task group to tackle the abuse of private data.


The Commission on Privacy will be chaired by shadow leader of the house David Heath MP, and also include Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, and Simon Davies, director of Privacy International.


The group will also include Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at the University of Cambridge and Richard Allen, Cisco's UK head of government affairs.

David Heath said: “As the Government lurches from one IT crisis to another, it is continuously striving to assemble more and more information about every citizen of this country. It is important that we take stock of what is happening and see how we can protect what used to be an inalienable right of the British, namely personal privacy.”


Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said: “Under New Labour the UK has suffered the most sustained assault on personal privacy in its history, while the Tories have refused to take a stand. “When it is not thinking up new ways of snooping on the public, the Government has shown breathtaking carelessness with the data entrusted to it.”