Ian sez, "The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has this morning published our comprehensive new report on the UK's Database State, finding that 25% of major public sector databases are illegal under human rights and data protection law. Only 15% of databases are proportionate and necessary. Calls for databases such as National Identity Register and DNA database to be scrapped."
* A quarter of all major public sector databases are fundamentally flawed and almost certainly illegal. These should be scrapped or redesigned immediately;
* The database state is victimising minority groups and vulnerable people, from single mothers to young black men and schoolchildren;
* Children are amongst the ‘most at risk’ from Britain’s Database State, with three of the largest databases set up to support and protect children failing to achieve their aims;
* Data sharing is a barrier to socially responsible activities. It is deterring teenagers from accessing health advice and undermining goodwill towards law enforcement;
* Only 15% of major public sector databases are effective, proportionate and necessary;
* We spend £16 billion a year on public sector IT and a further £105bn spending is planned for the next five years – but only 30% of public-sector IT projects succeed.
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched About Face, a new national campaign to end governmental use of facial recognition technology for surveillance at all levels -- city, state and federal.
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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