Monday, March 23, 2009

Let people control their own data

"There are evidently opportunities provided by databases for improving people's lives but it is fundamentally wrong to assume as a consequence that the state has a right to know everything about us.

"Personal data is ours to be handed over when it suits us, not the other way around. Why can't we just keep our own health records which are updated on a card or a memory stick whenever we go to the GP or to hospital. Why should not parents and schools keep the records of their children to be handed over when they reach 18 rather than loaded onto a central system known as ContactPoint?" —Philip Johnston

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