The list is said to contain the details of Midlands construction workers who have been involved in trade union disputes and employment tribunals since the 1990s.
It was reportedly found by officials from the Information Commissioner\’s Office in a raid on the Worcestershire offices of a private consultant last month.
At least 40 contractors – including Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, Costain and Laing O\’Rourke – are alleged to have paid Ian Kerr, who is believed to be a former detective, to vet potential recruits to ensure they had no record of industrial activism.
He will face charges under the Data Protection Act and Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, will today outline proposed legal action against the employers.
I\’m sorry? It\’s illegal to keep a list of people now?
Don\’t we think that we\’ve handed a little bit too much power to this Information Commissioner?
What\’s truly weird is that if the same information were to be held on paper it would be entirely legal.