Government told to stop building large databases on citizens

The parliamentary Home Affairs Committee has urged the government to stop creating large databases on citizens without proving they are necessary first.

The parliamentary Home Affairs Committee has urged the government to stop creating large databases on citizens without proving they are necessary first.

The Home Affairs Committee report comes after government plans to create a giant database of citizens' phone and e-mail records recently came to light.

This planned database is reportedly intended to help the police and other agencies counter serious crime and terrorism.

In its report, A Surveillance Society?, the Home Affairs Committee calls on the government to "adopt a principle of data minimisation".

It also says the governement should only hold data "for as long as is necessary".

The government should also "resist a tendency to collect more personal information and establish larger databases", says the report.




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