Do the Tories care about data protection?

I’ve been sitting on this one for quite a while now on the off chance that it might be worth mentioning but as the Daily Mail seems to consider it open season on Labour MP’s I thought it only just and fair to redress the balance a little. Here’s the Daily Mail article that outs Labour MP’s for not registering their offices under Data Protection Act.

So without further ado, here’s a nice little list of all the Tory MP’s that I can’t find any data protection registration for* (Note the asterix for those that are hard of reading, there’s an explanation at the bottom)

1. David Amess
2. Richard Bacon
3. Henry Bellingham
4. Paul Beresford
5. Brian Binley
6. Peter Bone
7. David Burrowes
8. Douglas Carswell
9. Bill Cash
10.Christopher Chope
11.James Clappison
12.Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
13.David Davies (no, not the saviour of liberty, the other one from Monmouth)
14.Philip Davies
15.Nadine Dorries (why am I not surprised)
16.Alan Duncan (Shadow Business)
17.Philip Dunne
18.Michael Fallon
19.Christopher Fraser
20.David Gauke
21.Robert Goodwill
22.Justine Greening
23.John Greenway
24.John Gummer
25.Stephen Hammond
26.Greg Hands
27.David Heathcoat-Amory
28.Nick Herbert (Shadow Justice)
29.Adam Holloway
30.Gerald Howarth
31.John Howell (New boy in Henley should we give him the benefit of the doubt?)
32.Jeremy Hunt (Shadow Culture)
33.Nick Hurd
34.Stewart Jackson
35.Bernard Jenkin
36.David Jones (As promised if any MP’s were registered and dropped me a line I’d say sorry and make an amendment). David has been in touch, he does have a registration (Z9069890) so well done that chap and apologies. It must have been the dates that threw me as the registration only appears to have started in March 2008 despite him being elected in 2005.
37.Edward Leigh
38.Julian Lewis
39.Andrew Mackay
40.Anne McIntosh
41.Andrew Pelling
42.John Penrose
43.Malcolm Rifkind (shocked at this one really)
44.Laurence Robertson
45.Richard Shepherd (Equally shocked given how long he’s been in the chamber)
46.Mark Simmonds
47.Keith Simpson
48.Anthony Steen
49.Andrew Tyrie
50.Ed Vaizey
51.Rob Wilson

I make that 51 Tories that I cannot find any Data Protection Registrationfor,  of which (and lets indulge ourselves in a bit of Daily Mail-esque outrage for fun shall we) shockingly shows the scant regard that the blue boys show for our legislation on data protection with a whopping 26.4% (more than a quarter!) of all Tory MP’s with no sign of a registration.

The Daily Mail also helpfully points us at what happened to the last MP that failed to register, a £200 fine and £500 in costs. So if all those 51 50 Tory MP’s check out then I make that an estimated cost to the Tories of £35,700. The question is, am I prepared to dob them in to the authorities? Well, if the Daily Mail considers it a matter of principle and doing your civic duty to crack down on naughty politicians ignoring the law then as a good citizen I can only do my own duty likewise. Consider a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office as good as sent.

*The disclaimer part. I have extensive knowledge of and longstanding experience of using the ICO’s data protection register. However it is not a perfect system and is highly sensitive and strict to the information queried against it. In the cases where I have found no obvious data I have used wildcards and different configurations of name and title to attempt to find a registration. In the case of those with double-barrel names I have tried both with hyphen, without, the singular of each name with or without the MP title. In the case of some names such as Nick and Rob I have tried variations on what they may be considered to be an abbreviation of such as Nicholas and Robert. In short I’ve tried my best to find a record and these 51 Tory MP’s still draw a blank. If you are one of these MP’s or a representative of them and you possess a valid up to date data registration then as the fair minded person that I am, I am prepared to amend the list. All I will require is the registration number so that I may check it against the national database of which you can supply me with via either the comments section or if you do not wish to appear there, through the dedicated contact page (link at the top of the site).