Conservative MP David Davis slams DWP plans to monitor bank accounts

30/04/2024 | The Express

In an article in The Express, Conservative MP Sir David Davis warns about powers in the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill that enable the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to monitor bank accounts to cut benefit fraud. Davis said the law would "erode financial privacy like never before in our country" and that while a "big fraud issue" exists, he cautioned new powers would "force banks to monitor over 20 million accounts." He added, "Short of tracking our every movement, there could be no more invasive way for the state to monitor us than keeping tabs on our spending habits."

Meanwhile, an article in City A.M. highlights that nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition by the digital rights group Big Brother Watch (BBW) calling for the government to drop its plans.

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