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27 March 2009


‘Illegal’ databases: concerns raised - preview
A quarter of the largest public sector databases are ‘almost certainly illegal’, according to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRRT)

  • In 'Database State', the Quaker-founded organisation argues that the creation and extension of government databases has not been considered from the viewpoint of the public and that over two thirds of such projects fail
  • In addition, says William Heath, one of the report’s authors, such databases can ‘lock in’ discrimination and create ‘a state which will lose the ability to forget’

  • Oliver Robertson

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