PEOPLE PROTECTOR the Open Rights Group (ORG) is concerned about a part of The Queen's Speech that appears to put a boot into the stomach of privacy and create an even worse data sharing regulatory environment than is proposed already.
The ORG didn't exactly say this, but the suggestion is that the Queen was talking some rubbish. In fact, the group doesn't think that a lot of the proposals will come to fruition, but even so, it isn't keen on them and is worried that sensitive information will not be treated with the necessary consideration.
"As we have said before, ORG's principles are that data sharing agreements should not lead to a widespread intrusion on people's privacy, should be proportionate, limited in scope and enshrine fundamental rights, and should carry strong safeguards against wilful abuse and unintended consequences," the ORG said in a blog post.
"However, some proposals we are expecting simply need to be withdrawn, particularly the bulk sharing of civil registration data across government. We are mainly concerned about births and marriages data. Notifications of deaths have lower privacy implications, but nevertheless should be handled sensitively."
The suggestion of a kind of ID card, which is muted to be part of the age verification system for adult site access, is also unwelcome and the ORG is concerned that this might be a backdoor citizen database. However, as we said, it also reckons that a lot of this will not float.
"It is very likely that these proposals will be rejected by public opinion, as previous attempts have been in the past," the group said.
"The Conservative Party in opposition was against ID cards and the database state, and would need to explain in Parliament why they have reversed their position in government.
"These proposals are not explicitly mentioned in the data sharing notes accompanying The Queen's Speech, as are several other initiatives under discussion, so it is possible that the government has seen some sense and withdrawn them."
The ORG would like more clarity from the government. Good luck with that. µ
Typical politicians - meme, meme, me
But it keeps the juicy details firmly under wraps
And Sonny and Cher is on the radio