Sunday, January 25, 2009

Privacy for me but not for thee

Via BoingBoing, I found this article, which shows that the UK government has no (or at most very little) respect for the privacy of individual citizens. According to the article, there is a clause in a pending piece of UK legislation which would
allow ministers to make 'Information Sharing Orders', that can alter any Act of Parliament and cancel all rules of confidentiality in order to use information obtained for one purpose to be used for another.

Now, admittedly, I am not an expert on UK law, but allowing such information sharing orders would seem to basically nullify any types of privacy protections which currently exist. It's almost as if the British government doesn't care about privacy at all.

...of course, we know that can't be true, since just a week earlier, British MPs (members of parliament) had attempted to pass a law which would have exempted records of their expenses from freedom of information act requests (see this article, also via BoingBoing). I guess this is just one more example of how government officials care deeply about privacy - but only if it's their own information that they're trying to keep secret.

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