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Gov't Considers Moving Public Services to the Web

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

March 24, 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's move toward a paperless society calls for the creation of personalised Web sites and unique identifiers that would allow citizens to do everything from booking doctors' appointments to paying taxes to registering their cars from their home computers, The Times reports. However, data and identity protection are among the concerns being raised about the plan. Privacy experts and union leaders, including Jonathan Baume of the FDA, caution not to "underestimate a whole range of risk factors including upfront costs, data protection, identity theft...Roughly £12 billion of taxpayers' money has also just been wasted on the NHS IT project and there has been a long history of government computer problems."
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