Data for free

Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian:

The groups most eagerly awaiting the government’s ID computer are criminals and terrorists. The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, will supply them with detailed, supposedly confidential identification, including digitised biometrics, of every British citizen and visitor passing through immigration. …NHS hackers will be able to offer employers and insurance agents any patient’s full medical records. The government’s ContactPoint child database is about to go online at an annual cost of £41m. It will identify and locate all Britain’s 11 million children under 18, including those of celebrities. No opting out will be allowed and the base will be legally accessible to 330,000 officials – which means to everyone.

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