Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Towards a police state?

More on the amendments, going through Parliament at the moment, to the Data Protection Act 1998. The changes are cunningly concealed in the Coroners & Justice Bill, clauses 152 to 154 and Schedule 18.

The British Computer Society has expressed severe doubts about the changes, reported here. I particularly like the expression of concern about what might happen under a less benevolent government. It's becoming harder and harder to imagine such a thing: how can a government be less benevolent than one that puts this sort of legislation in place? Stella Rimington no less argued just today (well, it appeared in print today) that the government was in danger of creating a police state, using fear of terrorism to justify curtailment of civil liberties.

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