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  1. Hit the nail on the head there. Some people like a bully if they think the bully is on 'their' side - thankfully not enough to get him elected. The tone is that of a spoilt child having a tantrum because they didn't get what they wanted.
  2. I thought the local commissioner had been quite effective a few times, even when dealing with IOM Gov? Surely if an individual were to request a review after the use of their data (or a failure to comply with a request not to use it), the office would have to at least respond. If it were a private company posting photos of customers for promotion purposes without their permission, I'd have thought they'd do something wouldn't they? What was your experience? My assumption as noted originally is that this is currently riding on the 'prevention of crime' exemption - as it clearly is personal data being used. However I think using one person's data to prevent another unrelated person (or persons) from committing an offence is probably not the original intention of the exemption - and probably nobody can do anything about that without going through a court as you say.
  3. https://gdpr.eu/eu-gdpr-personal-data/ ‘Personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. There are more factors to consider with indirect identification. Indirect identification means you cannot identify an individual through the information you are processing alone, but you may be able to by using other information you hold or information you can reasonably access from another source. A third party using your data and combining it with information they can reasonably access to identify an individual is another form of indirect identification. Any information that can lead to either the direct or indirect identification of an individual will likely be considered personal data under the GDPR. The way I read it the fact that numerous people have already been identified by photos of their vehicle only (without registration plates showing) proves that such photos are personal data. I realise a lot of people couldn't tell one Ford Fiesta from another, but a lot of people could tell you if they see a specific vehicle they know - and therefore know the owner - without needing to see the reg plates. It is personal data. The police have proven this again by showing photos of cars with no reg plates, and asking people to identify the owners. Can't have it both ways.
  4. The commission have put that in writing have they?
  5. You may well be right Augustus, I can see that the tide of public opinion could be turning on the use of humiliation as a punishment. If that is the case it needs to be clarified in law though doesn't it? That could then lead to some problems with Article 3 of the ECHR, but who knows that too may one day be trashed I guess. What a joyful future we can look forward to. Why did they create it in the first place, can anyone remember? @Gladys Part of my original post was the point that a photograph of someone's car is personal data whether the number plate is obscured or not, which is regularly proven by how easily people are identified when virtually nothing anyone would guess to be identifiable is visible.
  6. My assumption was that the use of personal data in this way was being justified under the premise of 'prevention', however it would certainly be interesting to find out if that was the intended purpose of the exemption. My guess would be that the exemption was intended to allow the police to use a person's personal data to prevent them from committing an offence, not to prevent others. That's sort of an underlying principle of data protection isn't it? As noted, the police are themselves confirming how thin this ice is by covering up the number plates. If the position is that they clearly do have the right to use personal data like this why cover up number plates? The issue of conviction being a matter of public record is an interesting one. If I want to find out what convictions someone has, and I walk in to a police station and ask, what am I going to be told? @Derek Flint? Are you sure about not being able to turn off the comments Derek? As far as I'm aware it is a setting available on all 'page' formats on Facebook at least. It should be possible to turn of commenting for any specific post - it is on any page or group that I have ever managed, why would the police page be any different? If the police are looking for information there is a clear logic to having comments sections open. If they're trying to educate people and want an open dialogue, then again a clear logic for open comments. If they're using the personal data of an individual who's been picked up for an offence to educate others, then open comments hosted by police feels a bit dicey to me. It's been many years since I've had a ticket, but if I were ever pulled again I would make it very clear I didn't want my personal data used in public. Which way would the information commissioner lean on this one do you think?
  7. The police posting photos to social media of vehicles belonging to persons who've been fined or apprehended for motoring offences is now a daily occurrence. It is my understanding that the police are exempt from data protection requirements where necessary for the prevention or detection of crime. Posting a photo of someone's car after they have been done for a bald tyre or no tax disk is neither prevention nor detection. Maybe there is some other exemption relating to public education or warnings that I have missed? Does anyone know if the persons concerned are asked for their consent prior to the photos being posted? If they are asked, is that reasonable given the situation they are in? I saw a photo today where the number plate of a car concerned had been obscured which made me think on this again, as clearly there is an awareness that data protection might be an issue. I don't think I've ever seen a photo of a person concerned, only ever vehicles. Due to the nature of social media (especially in a small community like the IOM), it is almost inevitable that the person concerned will be identified anyway by those who know them, know of them and or their vehicle or situation - a point regularly proven in the comment sections (which are left open for some unfathomable reason). Such photos are inevitably data which can be used to identify an individual in most cases. I remember a photo of a motorcycle posted a few months ago, taken in the dark. Most people would be hard pressed to even identify what model of bike it was, but within a few minutes the person concerned had been identified in the comments section. Not long after that their extremely distraught mother was posting comments in an attempt to try and defend the situation from the 'bear pit' that was inevitably unfolding. I fully understand and support the reasoning behind the posts. It is worth reminding people, making them aware of enforcement activities and consequences, however I'm not sure the use of private data in this setting is correct or required. It seems like a rather regressive form of arbitrary punishment, which due to the nature of the offences concerned tends to be extremely socially stratified in the way it is applied. I assume that offences are public information, and I understand the logic of 'can't do the time, don't do the crime', however the punishment is whatever has been specified in the law. That doesn't included the hosting a court of public humiliation 'post offence' does it?
  8. The red meat derogation was scrapped on the basis of being incompatible with EU requirements, so I wonder if that has / will change with Brexit. Cost of agricultural production is higher on the IOM, in line with generally higher cost of living on a rock - which is worth it. All modern agri subsidies have their roots in the world wars when food was seen as an essential service, an idea that had all but died with globalisation (the subsidies remained for all the wrong reasons, though places like New Zealand have been smart enough to break the addiction) and then Covid came along. Still a strong possibility of global food crises linked to covid & climate. Do you want to control your own means of production and how much is that worth?
  9. Alternatively view, it could be the best thing that ever happened to IOM. Depends if you think the direction we're currently heading in is benefitting the place.
  10. So... Can you explain why we have planning policy at all then?
  11. The 'right' approach or connections are also essential of course. As Roger has mentioned, some people probably fall foul of playing things too 'straight'. I remember working on a fairly extensive set of plans back in the early 00s purely so the client could take them to a meeting with someone in government - to "rattle their cage" (his words). As far as I could tell there was never any intention to follow through on the proposal despite a not inconsiderable amount of money spent. It was purely a leverage tool to get something else agreed (which they did ultimately get). It's a game. You've got to know how to play it, and play the right people. Sometimes the people being played know it, sometimes they don't I guess.
  12. Just to clarify... you're "all for" a two tier planning system? One for those with enough money and the right friends, and one for everyone else?
  13. Is the article factually incorrect? Or does it paint an inaccurate impression generally? The OP IOM press article (in particular the comments from the former minister on why this application should be granted) are just another little snap shot of how the planning system works on the IOM if you have enough money. It's been that way for as long as people with money have been arriving on these shores. There are many many other examples. Several I can think of that aren't even buried - the details are all available to the public if you go looking through the files of certain applications that got dismissed by independent inspectors and then pushed through by ministers or Co-Min. That part was not illegal or even frowned upon by most, indeed I think there was an attempt to formalise it in the last program for government wasn't there? The point, as someone else has made above, is that the majority don't care. Presumably it is accepted as a cost of our general level of sedation comfort.
  14. Do you think IOMG are being harder on the SSS & Mera this time as a form of social engineering? Like... "you should be able to survive without income through at least a month... "
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