The Government has launched its Census 2011 campaign in the lead up to the biggest mass collection of personal and private data since the Doomsday Book.
The Census itself will take place on Sunday 27 March 2011. Any person present in your household on that day/night will have to answer a series of highly personal and invasive questions. In short it is State mandated Data Rape.
I, like many others totally oppose this intrusive questioning, going far beyond a simple population count, as another assault by the Database State to collect data about every facet of your personal and private lives.
Collecting the Data is only one side of this intrusion, the other is the Government’s proven inability to keep safe any personal data it collects, and in this case its ability to share your personal details with a whole raft of organisations, companies and interested parties.
To make matters worse, as highlighted by SpyBlog, ONS is claiming that it owns you:
All data is the property of the ONS and only UK/EU owned companies will have any access to personal census data.
No ! It is our data as individuals and residents of the UK, it does not belong to the the ONS !
Even then, the ONS claim rings hollow, they can share it far and wide:
(1) Subject to this section, personal information held by the Board in relation to the exercise of any of its functions must not be disclosed by–
(a) any member or employee of the Board,
(b) a member of any committee of the Board, or
(c) any other person who has received it directly or indirectly from the Board.
(4) Subsection (1) does not apply to a disclosure which–
(a) is required or permitted by any enactment,
(b) is required by a Community obligation,
(c) is necessary for the purpose of enabling or assisting the Board to exercise any of its functions,
(d) has already lawfully been made available to the public,
(e) is made in pursuance of an order of a court,
(f) is made for the purposes of a criminal investigation or criminal proceedings (whether or not in the United Kingdom),
(g) is made, in the interests of national security, to an Intelligence Service,
(h) is made with the consent of the person to whom it relates, or
(i) is made to an approved researcher.
In fact this data can and will be handed over, without penalty, to:
- the 56 geographical and 8 non-geographical UK Police Forces
- the three UK Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ), the Department for Work and Pensions,
- private investigators working for the DWP hunting down “benefits cheats”,
- Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tax investigators,
- approved Insurance Industry “anti-fraud” investigators / private investigators,
- the Home Office Borders and Immigration Agency,
- the Serious Organised Crime Agency (either for domestic investigations into Serious Crimes, or for these and also for minor investigations if requested by a Foreign Law Enforcement agency under Mutual Legal Assistance treaties,
- Lawyers in civil Court Cases e.g. for Divorce or Libel or Copyright Infringement etc.,
- Local Authority Trading Standards departments,
- Local Authority Environmental Health departments
- etc. etc. etc.
N.B. none of these organisations should be allowed to have access to Census Data, if the idea of the census is to be comprehensive and inclusive of those groups in society who have every reason to fear and distrust the bureaucracy.
So, what can we do about it.
We can follow the advice of the Guardian and boycott the Census entirely, although this may make you liable for a £1000 fine for non compliance. (its the usual ‘you will comply or we will hurt you’ big brother style of government).
We can ignore certain aspects of the questioning as proposed by Archbishop Cranmer in his “ Mind your own *%$#@!! business ” campaign, although this is focusing on the religious questioning, and as kindly pointed out in the comments by His Grace, as this section is voluntary, should not attract a fine.
OR you can BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE, and simply change your name for the Census. I have produced a Census Deed Poll double pack especially for this event, which allows you to change your name by Deed Poll in time for the Census, so you can fill the form in using your new identity, and a second Deed Poll which will change your name back to your original (or any other name you choose) at any stage after the Census. There is a charge for this (yes, even I have to make a living) but it is one of the few legal ways in which you can totally make a nonsense of any data collected, especially if it is to be given to all and sundry.. and all perfectly legal under Common Law.
As for the rest of the questions… its entirely up to you whether you want to lie, obfuscate, tell half-truths.. but remember, this is the day you all become State property if you comply with their orders.
28/2/11. To the small army of government officials and civil servants reading this blog today, take this as notice that we the people are not taking your crap any longer. When your day of reckoning comes, your EU ‘partners’ will not come to your aid like Gadaffi’s mercenaries, they will have their own problems to contend with.
This could well be the final straw as the anger is palpable on the street. If Government want to stave off mass revolt they should seriously consider scrapping this Census completely.
The fight back has begun. #VColumn