Thursday 22 January 2009

One small step for the database state...

... one giant leap for the government to do anything it likes. The Coroners and Justice Bill is not just about coroners. Or about justice. It's also about the government creating a loophole in the Data Protection Act of 1998 which will enable them to tell anybody to share your information with just about anybody they please - not just in government but also outside. If you don't believe me, check out the Bill, Part 8, section 152. It's there in black and white. They want ministers to be able to make "Information Sharing Orders", which will neutralise the Data Protection Act, and other protections on our privacy, whenever they want them to.

Of course, they'd never use those orders if it wasn't a national emergency would they?

Hat tip to OUseful, and No2ID (go to item 10)