ijournaler (ijournaler) wrote in lj_uk,
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Funeral Of Privacy



While I called my last entry 'The Death of Privacy' my protest was mainly about people 'telling tales' in a way which once would have been considered dishonorable.  However, several comments  highlighted many real - and far more sinister  - threats to our privacy.

xiv_gemina pointed out that The Coroners and Justice Bill is currently in the process of going through Parliament. "It specifically empowers ANY Minister to decree (without Parliamentary influence) that ALL your private data be shared across any arm of Government that they wish. i.e. every facet of information about you that is held by ANY branch of Government - e.g. DVLA, NHS, Prison Records, Court records, Social Services, JobCentres - can (so will) be shared across EVERY organisation that is paid by the Government - including Corporate contractors." Furthermore  "How many lost discs, lost memory sticks and lost/stolen laptops will it take before the Database State idea is dropped?"

Thenslw2004  provided a link to an alarming article about google software spying on people while today acrorat drew attention to an article informing us that the government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons.

My fear is less that an Orwellian  Big Brother will be watching our every move and more that unauthorised and unscrupulous people with a little bit of power and a limited understanding will try to call us to account.
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