European Data Protection Digest

Polls Shows British Wary of Gov't Retention

DATA RETENTION—UK

February 26, 2010

A recent State of the Nation 2010 poll found that Britons are wary of centralized databases and government monitoring of communications, among other activities. The poll interviewed more than 2,000 adults, 63 percent of whom expressed worry about the government storing data on them, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they thought it was "bad or very bad" to store medical data on a centralised computer system. The same number said government proposals to monitor and store communications data was a very bad idea. "People are worried by the power of the state," said the director of a democracy campaign. "They want more say in the decisions that affect them, their families and their communities."
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