By Graham Vanbergen
– The Digital Economy Bill could have been used, as it was originally
intended, to have been a platform for a “more ambitious” country in
delivering ultra-fast broadband and mobile networks, boosting digital skills
and beefing up cyber security. Instead, the government have focused on
age verification practices for porn websites (opening up serious fraud
concerns), given themselves “inappropriate” and “unfettered” powers to share citizen data across the public sector, destroy any semblance of privacy laws and strangle free speech even further.
The Department for Work and Pensions now has the power to disclose
social security information on a bulk basis to all local authorities,
police and schools. Your data is being shared with dozens of government
agencies with tens of thousands of public workers and an undisclosed
number of private organisations being given access to it.
The government have been cavalier with our personal data, to such as
extent that it now poses a greater threat to our own personal security
than any other threat ever likely to happen to you.
A small example would be that identity theft jumped 57 percent just last year with around 150,000 seriously affected. In contrast, car theft fell to 69,547 units in the same year, its lowest level for 50 years. Technology is responsible for both changes of crime.