Government consults on consumer-data access proposals

The Government is consulting on a proposal to create a power to compel suppliers of services and goods to provide to their customers, upon request, historic transaction and consumption data in an open standard machine readable format. This proposal is part of the government’s consumer empowerment strategy, known as “midata”.

As part of its “midata” strategy, which aims to give consumers increasing access to their personal data in a portable, electronic format, the government has launched a consultation on a proposal to create an order making power, which if utilised, would compel suppliers of services and goods to provide to their customers, upon request, historic transaction and consumption data in an open-standard, machine-readable format. The consultation document also includes an update on the progress of the midata programme. The consultation closes on 10 September 2012.

It will be interesting to see the response of business to this proposal that, despite the government’s intentions, could be seen as an extra regulatory burden on business.