The government plans to scrap some £15bn of controversial IT projects in a "great repeal bill" that will reverse "the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour government and roll back state intrusion".
In a statement issued today, the coalition government said the bill would include:
• The scrapping of ID card scheme and the National Identity register (£4bn), the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point Database (£224m)
• Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason (£12bn)
• Outlawing the fingerprinting of children at school without parental permission
• The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.
• Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database
• The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury
• The restoration of rights to non-violent protest
• The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech
• Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation
• Further regulation of CCTV
• A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.