The individual is the rightful owner of personal information and the state is merely possessor and should behave as a responsible custodian. We need to roll back the advance of Big Brother and restore this fundamental right of our citizens. Restoring privacy today must mean a clear statement on the part of those who have custody of personal information of their purpose in retaining it and of their commitment to its proper management. This will necessarily involve a review of most of the government's centralised databases, their use and access to them regulated. It leads to the unavoidable conclusion that that the Information Commissioner should emerge as one of the important offices of state in the twenty first century.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tories plan radical action on privacy
Most gratifying to see the Conservative shadow minister for security, Baroness Neville-Jones, announce plans on data protection clearly based around our Database State report (via Ideal Government):