[NetBehaviour] Big Brother Database:
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jan 17 00:11:24 CET 2007
Big Brother Database:
Whitehall plan for huge database.
By Mark Easton
Home editor, BBC News.
A giant database of people's personal details could be created at
Whitehall under government plans which ministers say will help improve
public services. Tony Blair is expected to unveil the proposal in
Downing Street on Monday.
Strict regulations currently prevent one part of government sharing
personal information it holds with another.
Ministers argue the data-sharing rules are "overzealous" but the
Conservatives say relaxing them would be "an excuse for bureaucrats to
So-called citizens' panels will gauge public reaction to relaxing
privacy procedures so people do not have to repeat personal information
to different public bodies - particularly at times of stress such as a
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