Database Plan Raises Concerns
DATA PROTECTION—UKNovember 19, 2010
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that councils will have the power to cross-match their databases beginning next year, ComputerworldUK reports, and that has privacy advocates concerned. NO2ID, an advocacy group that successfully campaigned against the introduction of national ID cards, is among those warning against the plan. "It breaks the first principle of data protection, which is that you don't use data gathered for one purpose for another purpose," said Phil Booth, NO2ID's national coordinator. The minister's announcement comes on the heels of recent criticism by the Information Commissioner's Office regarding councils' use of CCTV to track citizens for alleged minor misdemeanors.