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Times letters: Rogue landlords and GDPR

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2018

An overcrowded flat at the flat in Kinsbury, Brent. Picture: BRENT COUNCIL

An overcrowded flat at the flat in Kinsbury, Brent. Picture: BRENT COUNCIL

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Jail rogue landlords

James Gilbert, Wembley. writes:

I often pick up a copy of the Brent&Kilburn Times and see stories of varying degree about the proliferation of unlicensed properties being rented to vulnerable people.

Full credit to Brent Council for cracking down on these but are the punishments enough?

It seems to me there is a lot of money to be made through this criminal act so we must be tough in sentencing. Fines are not sufficient. Offenders should go to prison.

Is GDPR worth it?

Syed Kamall MEP, London, writes:

Londoners have recently been subjected to a bombardment of messages about GDPR - the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

While most of us welcome more information about how our data is used, concerns over the heavy-handed approach have been raised.

US government is not amused, for the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has written an article expressing “deep concern” about the impact of GDPR on trans-Atlantic co-operation and trade.

Specifically he fears for the future of joint enterprise in financial regulation, medical research, emergency management and commerce. He points out that compliance already cost businesses billions, with the biggest brunt borne by smaller businesses. In response, some non-EU media outlets stopped offering their services to people in the EU for fear of breaking new GDPR rules.

Not good news for Londoners wishing to access global services. While the aims of the legislation may be laudable, the burden on small businesses, and concerns over international data flows, means legislators everywhere need to be more aware of the unintended consequences that new laws can bring.

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