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The Government have recently consulted on proposals which would make suppliers responsible for explaining clearly to their own customers what data will be accessed, for which purposes, and what choices those customers have. The Government has also proposed that suppliers should remind their customers annually about the data that is being collected and the choices that the consumer has.
In addition to these proposed requirements, there are general requirements relating to transparency on all data controllers under the Data Protection Act.
The Government are also implementing the midata project, which aims to give individuals more access to, and control over, the data that companies hold on them. The aim is to enable consumers to view, access and use their personal and transaction data in a way that is portable and safe.