The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust recently recorded just 15% of 50 government databases as "effective, proportionate or necessary". It concluded that 10 actually broke privacy law. Yet a staggering £100bn is to be spent on them in the next five years.
The only hope is that now MPs have been hoist by their own petard, they might be more mindful of the liberties — and privacies — of others. I would not hold my breath.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
The innocent have plenty to fear
Very gratifying to see my favourite columnist, Simon Jenkins, writing in today's Guardian about our Database State report: