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Date published: 2009/03/23

The BBC says:

A quarter of all government databases are illegal and should be scrapped or redesigned, according to a report.

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust says storing information leads to vulnerable people, such as young black men, single parents and children, being victimised.

It says the UK's "database state" wastes billions from the public purse and often breaches human rights laws.

But the government says the report contains "no substantive evidence" on which to base its conclusions.

It is hard to know who is correct here. Of course the government (as pretty much all governments) is no friend of transparency and has repeatedly been shown to be awful when looking after information on its citizens. On the other hand, if the Rowntree trust is so convinced that so many things are "illegal" then surely they should sue the government.

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