Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's not only children now

We've been banging on about the sharing of children's confidential information for 5 years or so, and now they're coming for the adults:

Ministers are preparing to overturn a fundamental principle of data protection in government, the Guardian has learned. They will announce next month that public bodies can assume they are free to share citizens' personal data with other arms of the state, so long as it is in the public interest.

The policy was agreed upon by a cabinet committee set up by the prime minister, and reverses the current default position - which requires public bodies to find a legal justification each time they want to share data about individuals.

There's plenty about how this works in the case of children over on our Database Masterclass - simply click on the August archive and work your way down the page from #1 to #14.

You might in particular want to take a good look at a couple of government strategy reports. The first was published in 2000: 'Electronic Government Services for the 21st Century' (just take a look at the ‘vision’ set out on p16) and the second, ‘Privacy and Data-sharing’, came out in 2002.

Update 4pm: Ian Brown has more on Blogzilla, including comments from human rights doyen Douwe Korff.


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