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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Sep 28th 2009

Compulsory microchip implants…for dogs

Today has brought the rather bizarre news that it will soon become compulsory for all dogs in Britain to be fitted with microchips which contain their owner’s details. The new scheme, which has gained cross party support in Parliament, is apparently designed to curb the trade in stolen dogs and reduce the large numbers of stray […]

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