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Friday, April 17, 2009

Data Retention laws rejected

The Freedom Bill site reports that a poll carried out by PoliticsHome, has found that a massive 60 per cent of Britons are opposed to a Government directive that will see all phone calls, e-mails and internet activity stored for a year on behalf of the government. Only 23% of those polled were in favour of the scheme.

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.'


Gee wizz Peter..your up very early to do this post 5.52 am ...if people only knew how all our personal information is just passed around by civil servants.. pass the parcel!
Did you see that Saturday's Times has a story that the police, when raiding Damian Green's parliamentary office, spent much of their time searching his computer for emails to and from Shami Chakrabarti?
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