UK Liberty

Do not put all eggs in one basket

Posted in database state, ID Cards, surveillance society by ukliberty on November 23, 2007

says Government’s Chief Information Officer:

when you work at a national scale I think to continue to put more eggs in a single basket is a foolhardy approach.

You are absolutely right when you say that some of the best ways of protecting data are to say that this data has a specific purpose, the purpose is clear in terms of all parties, and therefore we can put protection around that specific purpose in terms of only the people that need legitimate access to that data can access that data.

The more and more we put it into large databases where more and more people have access to it, it becomes more complex. I think there is a balance to be struck, but clearly what we want to avoid doing is creating yet another large-scale citizen database when we have a number of those already because that would not be a wise thing to do.

Uncorrected transcript of oral evidence to HAC

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