How safe is your data with Government? New Law to give it away.

This government
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
Digital Switchover
(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
    in,
  • 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).

 

And
what information does the Government think it needs to give the
BBC about you that is so
important in providing you with digital services.

namely—

  • 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
    allowance;
  • 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
    the case.

 

Now
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. 

Time
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.


To
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.

When
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.

 


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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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