What do you want to know?

Anything you like, about just about anyone. If the control freaks in Downing Street get their way it’ll probably be quite easy to find it out. Despite the Data Protection Act it appears Bliar now wants to change the rules on confidentiality and share data between the various government departments. (see this Guardian article)

Of course, there are always two sides to any tale and I can already hear the ‘well if you’ve got nothing to hide…’ good ger… citizens soothing all our fears. But we all have things to hide; that’s part of being an individual. And an awful lot of our neighbours work in governmental departments.

We are I fear bound ever faster for totalitarian life, losing small freedoms bit by bit. Perhaps in order to avoid drinking at the Chestnut Tree like poor Winston it behooves us to start considering what information we freely give to government, and what we can avoid giving. And what, perhaps, we can subvert. After all, the history of computer databases and government isn’t all that good.

Is that a knock at the door…?


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