There is nothing in the Data Protection Act to prevent Ian Greenwood,the former Labour leader of Bradford council, from informing anyone about his knowledge of the former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers's misdemeanors, because he is unlikely to be a data controller ("Sleazy rider", Focus, last week). Even if he did tell Ed Miliband, he could be sued only for monetary loss. If people are not sure about what they can and cannot say, they should contact the information commissioner and not make assumptions. Sadly people hide behind data protection.


Article written by our CEO, published in the Sunday Times 1 December 2013