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Aug 28, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read Read on X
@carolecadwalla Trying to research Role of Information Commission (IC) @ICOnews & inherent contradictions of "Independent" regulatory body given powers of State?
Does this look like a covert threat to IC here!??
NB: New appointees in DCMS + Cabinet Office now control IC!? Image
So @PrivacyPrivee (Nov 19) found Vote Leave's AIQ contravened data privacy & security laws.
It's CONCLUSIONS highlighted serious "global & cascading implications" eg upcoming elections: UK 😭too late, & upcomingUS election?
Also serious for UK given this:👇
TRUST in 'independence' of @ICOnews is vital eg even with regard to #examshambles & whether #Ofqual failings & 'directions' of Sec of State are properly investigated?
Again lack of #transparency concerning eg trying to silence @RoyalStatSoc with 5 yr NDA!?

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