NO2ID calls for government data audit

An independent audit should be held into all personal information held by the government, NO2ID said.

Responding the news that HMRC have lost the confidential details of over 15 million people, NO2ID, the campaign against ID cards and the ‘database state’, called for an immediate halt to the development of the National Identity Scheme (NIS). They said it should not resume until a full and independent audit of personal information stored by the government has been conducted.

Their national coordinator, Phil Booth, said people had no choices in giving up that information and this makes the government “the biggest identity thief of them all”.

“It’s bad enough that HMRC can’t be trusted with basic financial details. But within five years the Home Office could be leaking or losing people’s complete identity records. And ‘data-sharing’ plans would make your whole life depend on government identity management. If you are not on their list, you won’t exist,” he said.

“Development of the National Identity Scheme should stop now. But more than that — we all need to know what information the government holds about us now, how it is already being shared among departments, and what the dangers are. That will only happen if there is a full and independent audit of what personal information is currently collected and the ways it is used.”