March 23, 2009
Big Brother-style databases of DNA records and personal details of millions of Britons held by the Government must be scrapped, a report says.
[efoods]The study of almost 50 large-scale public sector computer systems highlights what it claims are serious breaches of human rights and data protection laws.
It warns that Britain is becoming a ‘database state’ because politicians are scared to step in to halt the spread of costly and flawed projects.
Academics at Cambridge University, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, singled out the DNA database and the Contact-Point index of all children in the UK among the 11 worst examples.
But they also found serious problems with 29 other data systems which they claimed were wasting billions of pounds a year and putting children at risk, as well as eroding privacy.