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ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you must do for your country.

Posted in state-citizen relationship by ukliberty on November 28, 2006

The Guardian reported last week that,

A new contract between the state and the citizen setting out what individuals must do in return for quality services from hospitals, schools and the police is one of the key proposals emerging from a Downing Street initiated policy review.

In other words, taxing you for these services isn’t enough.

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shock as Blunkett calls on government to block new type of surveillance

Posted in privacy by ukliberty on November 28, 2006

The BBC reports that

A new civil liberties controversy has flared up over the news that police chiefs are considering using high-powered microphones to “eavesdrop” – as critics will see it – on crowds at the London 2012 Olympics.

But the former home secretary David Blunkett called publicly on the government to block the scheme.

He told BBC Radio Five Live’s Weekend News programme that the suggestion was “simply unacceptable”, and smacked of the “surveillance state”.

Spyblog has some analysis of the reports.

NHS patient medical records

Posted in nhs records, privacy by ukliberty on November 28, 2006

The NHS IT project has been mentioned quite frequently in the Register this past week, particularly with regard to patient data.

At the time of writing, the most recent article claims that,

Plans to upload medical records onto a central database – the so-called spine – will put patient confidentiality at risk, Connecting for Health (CfH) has been told by its own consultants.

In its own risk analysis of the project, the agency responsible for centralising the country’s medical records has acknowledged that GPs’ concerns about patient confidentiality have merit, and that it would be safer to store records locally.

It has been proposed that social care records should also be stored centrally, and that the two databases be merged.

We seem to be moving ever further from the principle that for each specific and limited purpose, only the information necessary for that purpose should be collected.

There are sound reasons for doing this, but from the privacy perspective it helps prevent abuse of the data.

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Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on November 28, 2006

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