European Data Protection Digest

Queen: New Law Will "Restore Freedoms and Civil Rights"

PRIVACY LAW—UK

May 28, 2010

"Legislation will be brought forward to restore freedoms and civil liberties through the abolition of identity cards and repeal of unnecessary laws." Those were the words of the Queen during her speech at the state opening of parliament on Tuesday. Home Secretary Theresa May said Thursday that the bill will be the first piece of legislation introduced to parliament by the new government, The Guardian reports. The "Freedom Bill" calls for abolishing second-generation biometric passports and national ID cards and also includes adopting the Scottish model for the National DNA Database in both England and Wales and further regulation of CCTV.
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