The government has announced that it will withdraw clauses 152-154 of the draft Coroners and Justice Bill in the face of a broadside of criticism from opposition parties, professional bodies and liberties groups. Criticism of the proposals became a rallying point for an otherwise diverse group of organisations including the BCS and the BMA.
The BBC report on the issue does however highlight one of the problems with attitudes towards data protection:
They would have allowed ministers to apply for orders to remove data protection restrictions preventing the use of information for secondary purposes in certain circumstances.
For the avoidance of doubt – they are protections, not restrictions. If we can get those in power to recognise the difference then we might stand a chance of making sure that these clauses don’t resurface elsewhere.