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Sep 30th 2009

Big Brother Watch on the front of the Metro Newspaper

We make no apologies for this shameless piece of self-congratulation, but Big Brother Watch – less than a month since we announced our formation and still yet to launch – has today been quoted on the front page of the Metro. We hope this is the first of many front page media hits as we […]

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Sep 29th 2009

A return to Victorian houses for ‘fallen women’?

As noted by Alex in his last post below, among the most intriguing parts of the Prime Minister's speech to Labour conference was his policy to place young mothers in a new care-home system. The exact text from the speech is as follows: "..From now on all 16 and 17 year old parents who get support […]

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Sep 29th 2009

Gordon Brown’s speech

Well, he gives with one hand and takes away with another. A promise that in the next Parliament a Labour government would not provide for compulsory ID cards (not that much of a promise, given that the Tories wouldn't either, and that the important thing isn't the card, but the database… but still) But he […]

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Sep 28th 2009

Personal data of UK taxpayers could be shared around EU

As highlighted by the European Foundation today, proposals by EU taxation commissioner Laszlo Kovacs which provide for the sharing of VAT data between member states, pose a significant threat to individual privacy in the UK and across Europe. According to the European Foundation, HM Revenue and Customs would be required to grant "direct access" to personal information contained on national taxpayer databases, […]

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