Coalition Gov't Proposes "Radical Privacy Protections"
PRIVACY LAW—UKMay 13, 2010
The UK's first coalition government since the Second World War is combining election promises made by both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to protect citizens' rights, including a plan to "reverse and restrain many of the surveillance systems that have marked its citizens out as the most watched in the world," THINQ.co.uk reports. The coalition agreement proposes introducing "radical privacy protections" into law, the report states. Plans include scrapping the National Identity Register and ID card, as well as biometric passports, and expanding the Freedom of Information Act. Other coalition commitments include removing innocent people's records from the DNA database, regulating the use of CCTV and halting the prior government's plan to retain national records of e-mail and communications data.