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44. Legislative steps should be taken to enhance the ability of the Information Commissioner to provide external scrutiny of arrangements. The Government has already announced the powers to permit 'spot checks' on central Government Departments, and should commit to extending this to the entire public sector, and consult early in the New Year on how this can best be achieved and funded. The review commissioned in October from Richard Thomas (the Information Commissioner) and Mark Walport of the Wellcome Trust will look at the issues around personal data in both the public and private sectors. The Government should consult quickly with those potentially affected on how the relevant recommendations can best be achieved.

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