Friday, April 17, 2009
Data Retention laws rejected
A staggering 63% of those asked believe that the government already holds too much information on individuals with 56% increasingly concerned about the development of a ‘Big Brother state’. Only 33% consider current levels of data retention to be ‘about right’.
Other key findings were that a total of 58% of people agree with the statement: ‘There is no such thing as secure data storage. It inevitably gets into the wrong hands.’ Participants cited the Government’s horrendous track record with data blunders as the main reason for their opposition.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: ‘This survey demonstrates what we have said for some time, that the government has lost touch with public opinion on the importance of personal privacy. This is the clearest signal that it’s high time the supertanker was turned around.'