I finally read the Government's "Vision Statement" for information sharing, and what an utterly horrible document it is too. Under the apparent guise of the necessity to share infromation, it outlines how the Government intends to breach the Data Protection Act to help them pinpoint social exclusion. What that actually means is identifying those it wishes to intefere with so it can socially engineer them along what it decides is the virtuous path.
What's worse though is the section titled "Exploring greater infromation sharing with the private sector". Not only do they want to further intefere in the lives of those it considers require interference, but they want to extend the information sharing policy out into the private sector. The Government already excuses itself for potentially failing to protect our data and now it wants the right to just give it away?
All of this is being done in the supposed name of necessity to protect us and fight crime. But as William Pitt the Younger said, "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves".
Hat Tip: Croydonian for the Pitt quote