Only 15% of UK Public Sector Databases Respect Privacy Laws
The Trust funds work on civil liberties and democratic reform.
Some of the findings:
- Fewer than 15% of the public databases assessed in this report are effective, proportionate and necessary, with a proper legal basis for any privacy intrusions.
- Britain is out of line with other developed countries, where records on sensitive matters like healthcare and social services are held locally. In Britain, data is increasingly centralised, and shared between health and social services, the police, schools, local government and the taxman.
- The benefits claimed for data sharing are often illusory. Sharing can harm the vulnerable, not least by leading to discrimination and stigmatisation.
Of the 46 databases, only 6 were given a Code Green rating.
- Call to scrap 'illegal databases' (BBC, March 23, 2009)
- One in four government databases illegal (The Telegraph, March 23, 2009)
- Right to privacy broken by a quarter of UK's public databases, says report (The Guardian, March 23, 2009)
- Stand up for convicts, if you want to be fair (The Times, March 24, 2009)
- The Big Question: Are there illegal government databases and what can we do about it? (The Independent, March 24, 2009)