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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Government make u-turn on surveillance state?

Today's Independent reports that the Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, will make a U-turn over sweeping new powers which were to allow public bodies to swap the data they hold on individuals.

It seems that the Government is worried about growing criticism that it is creating a “Big Brother Britain”, so Mr Straw is to rewrite his Coroners and Justice Bill to build in new safeguards to protect the public.

Whether these safeguards go far enough we will have to see, however the fact that they are being considered is welcome. Will the government now backtrack on other 'big brother' measures such as the very costly introduction of ID cards?


...the same Coroners and Justice Bill that could stop Coroners courts excluding the family of the deceased from the inquest?
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