Jerry Fishenden, one of the UK's leaders in the world of technology, has resigned from his position as co-chair of the PCAG (Privacy Consumer Advice Group) (Fishenden 2017).
The PCAG was founded in 2006 to ensure that legislation is reasonable and achievable for tech companies before it is debated by MPs. According to the government, the PCAG aims to ensure:
- Users are in control of their information
- Information isn’t centralised
- Users have a choice of who provides services on their behalf
On his blog, (Fishenden 2017) Fishenden states how over recent years his group has been increasingly ignored. He specifically points out part five of the Digital Economy Act which weakens citizens control of their data and makes it easier for public authorities and other organisations to share it (Say, 2017).
Fishenden also makes comment on how he and his group have written multiple letters to the MCO (Minster for the Cabinet Offices). However, since Francis Maude’s departure from the Position, the group has had less and less support.