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Round up on ID cards and the National Identity Register

Posted by James Hammerton @ 6:29 pm on 7 October, 2006.
Categories privacy and surveillance, British politics, the database state.
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As promised in my previous article, here is my round up of developments related to the British government’s plans for an ID card with associated national identity register:

In summary, it seems that more and more problems with the scheme are being highlighted, but the government wishes to press on, whilst the opposition increases and hardens. The ID card and national identity register are but the most visible and intrusive of various schemes where the government wishes to capture, use and share data about the mass population, my next article will thus be round-up of more general developments in privacy and the use of personal data.

Freedom of speech in Britain roundup

Posted by James Hammerton @ 7:12 pm on 2 October, 2006.
Categories political liberties, freedom of speech, British politics.
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Sorry for the long gap in posting, things got busy there for me, and still are(!), but I think I’ve got a better handle on it all now and I hope to be able to post more frequently from now on. Anyway there’s been a lot going on, so I’m going to do a few “roundup” articles in order to catch up. This one focuses on freedom of speech in Britain.

Unfortunately, that’s all for now. However, roundups on other topics such as various recent developments on privacy and data sharing, and the latest state of play regarding the British govt’s ID cards plans are coming up.

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