Report

Database state report

26 Mar 2009
Description

The report examines each of the 46 major public sector databases which hold personal information on at least a significant minority of British citizens, using a 'traffic light' system to assess whether each system is illegal under human-rights or data-protection law; whether the collection and sharing of sensitive personal data are disproportionate, or done without the person's consent, or without a proper legal basis; or whether there are other major privacy or operational problems.

The report recommends new measures to promote scrutiny and transparency of all IT projects, radical initiatives to select and train civil servants to handle complex systems, and changes to public-sector procurement rules to favour more medium-sized systems over the large-scale projects that have damaged so many government departments.

Publication Details
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2009
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