Take pride in snooping
An extraordinary document was published by HS2 Ltd detailing how they would access and “process personal data” including details of individuals’ sexual orientation, trade union affiliation, criminal record as well as information about their physical and mental health, the Sunday Express reported.
[Rail bosses wanted to spy on sex lives of people who opposed controversial route, Caroline Wheeler, Sunday Express, 20 November 2016]
As part of the company’s Privacy Notice, HS2 said it could collect this information on a number of people, including staff and suppliers but also complainants and litigants, which would include those claiming compensation or objecting to the scheme.
HS2 did not give any indication why it wanted to collect such information, however in the document itself it said one reason was to help create a sense of “pride” in the scheme.
Hours after the Sunday Express contacted HS2 raising concerns about the policy, the document was withdrawn with “immediate effect”.
[…] The document was withdrawn from the Government website where it had been freely accessible.
A spokesman for HS2 said: “We have withdrawn the Privacy Notice with immediate effect. It does not reflect how we handle information.