is obsessed with collecting every piece of information about you. Through a myriad
of laws and schemes it wants to know everything about your life, your home, possessions,
money, entitlements, pensions etc etc.
It tells us in so
many ways how safe this information will be with government, how it will
provide protection from identity thieves.
It is now passing
a new law – specifically designed TO GIVE THAT INFORMATION AWAY.
Why does it want
to give all your social security information away. – SO YOU CAN HAVE A NEW DIGITAL TV SET.
The new law is the
(Disclosure of Information) Bill.
This bill allows the
government to hand over information relating to social security and/or war
pensions to another person on request, if that person is:
- The BBC,
- A company that the government, the BBC or a nominee of the BBC holds a majority stake
- any person engaged by the BBC, or the secretary of
state, or a company as described above, to provide any service connected
with switchover help functions (including establishing whether a person
needs help with the switchover).
what information does the Government think it needs to give the BBC about you that is so
important in providing you with digital services.
- their name, and any alias by which they may
be known, marital status (if known), address and date of birth;
- their National Insurance number;
- whether they are eligible for any of the
benefits that will establish entitlement to help and (if so) those in
respect of which they have an award of benefit;
- the fact that they have ceased to receive
such benefits, where that is the case;
- details of any partner (including details
of date of birth and National Insurance number) and whether they receive
pension credit, income support or income-based jobseeker’s allowance (to
check upon what level of support the household is entitled to);
- if the qualifying person for disability
living allowance is a child, whether the responsible adult or adults is
receiving pension credit, income support or income-based jobseeker’s
- whether they live in a residential care or
nursing home (so helping to ensure that the right kinds of help are
available in residential care and nursing home settings);
- details of any person appointed to act on
their behalf (to allow such people to be contacted to alert them to the
availability of help);
- the fact that they have died, where that is
why on earth would the BBC need such information. If it was a simple case of ‘is this person
entitled to receive help or to receive that help for free’ then a simple
request to the relevant government department who could say yes or no,
or to provide the recipient with a certificate to say that they were entitled
to a free service would be more than adequate.
to say NO to government. Time to say your personal details are your personal
details not theirs.
Say NO to ID cards, Say NO to
databases, Say NO to NHS spine, say NO to data sharing.
Write to your MP and tell him NO, NO, NO.
put this into perspective, when the Government introduced paper ID cards during
WW2, it was planned for the information about you to be used for 3
purposes. To Identity you to the police,
to use for food rationing and to receive medical care.
it was abolished in 1952 it was found government was using that information for
157 different purposes.
So whatever they tell you
today, you can be sure it will be used for something different tomorrow.