FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 24/8/06
Civil liberties and privacy campaigners  today expressed outrage at the leaked announcement that ministers plan to overturn one of the key
principles of Data Protection , granting government agencies the right to share personal data across the public sector.
Phil Booth, NO2ID National Coordinator said:
Our worst suspicions have been confirmed. The government’s ID agenda has always been based on a drastic expansion of data sharing powers, but this
announcement will mark its clearest and widest attack on privacy yet.
Do we really want officials passing on our personal details to all and sundry who claim to be within the public sector? Given the genuine risk of
identity fraud and the appalling record of government in protecting the personal information of its own employees , let alone the public ,
this is not only a recipe for disaster but a display of monumental arrogance.
Tony Blair’s plans to ‘transform’ government  boil down to handing over effective control of our identities to the authorities. Nakedly trampling
over the laws that protect our privacy in pursuit of a technocratic fantasy is a despicable abuse of the public trust. NO2ID has challenged the
government’s ID scheme and every insidious expansion of it from the very beginning, and will continue to do so with every means at our disposal.
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Notes for editors
1) NO2ID is the UK-wide, non-partisan campaign against compulsory ID cards and the National Identity Register, see http://www.no2id.net
2) ‘Ministers plan to overturn key data protection principle’, The Guardian, 24/8/06:
3) ‘Tax credit gangs may have defrauded millions’, The Independent, 13/12/05:
4) ‘DVLA selling drivers’ personal details to firms run by crooks’, The Scotsman, 28/11/05:
5) ‘Transformational Government – Enabled by Technology’, published by the Cabinet Office in November 2005, clearly states that “identity
management… will converge towards biometric identity cards and the National Identity Register” (p 13, section 7):