The Database State report — the first ever comprehensive study of the area — showed that public sector databases, such as the DNA Database and ContactPoint, are out of budgetary and regulatory control.
Billions of our most personal details are stored in and have leaked from databases that are not fit for purpose. These data caches typically harm those they are intended to benefit, including society’s most vulnerable groups.
The possible solutions and underlying drivers for these problems were debated in a series of seminars convened in November 2009. These resultant briefings summarise the discussion to encourage further engagement with Parliamentarians and key decision makers.
These key principles were proposed and, broadly, accepted as necessary for future public sector IT projects:
What you can do now
MPs and their staff should read the reports linked below and follow-up by getting in touch with privacy advocates. We would be very happy to hear from you.
Everyone who is concerned about their privacy in the digital age should read these reports too. You should also join our email list to hear about positive actions and consider becoming a supporter of our work.
Click through for more detailed reports.