Blacklisting: What is Prohibited?

In 2009, the Information Commissioner’s Office found that an organisation called The Consulting Association had provided construction companies with sensitive personal information about the trade union activities of over 3,000 workers. Some employers in the construction industry believed these workers posed a risk and so used this information to discriminate against them because of their trade union membership, or involvement in trade union activities. As a result, regulations came into force in 2010 which made it unlawful to compile, sell, use or supply so-called “blacklists”.  

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