I RESPOND to the Examiner’s invitation for a debate on the Government’s desire to collate further mass databases on citizens.
This Government has proved itself incompetent in the handling of personal data and I really do not know what could be more important to the debate outside the present level of insecurity attached to the records.
The incredible loss of personal data on 25m people demonstrates just how vulnerable to exploitation these records are.
The proposal to include an intrusive DNA database linked to those already containing the most intimate personal details, was always an unacceptable step too far.
The forecast of 1m cases of identity theft in the next few years will certainly require revision following the revelation of the latest loss.
“Lessons have been learned” is the cut and paste assurance automatically spewed out after such fiascos.
Only an absolute fool accepts this any more.
I cringe when Joe Public continues to let the Government do as it pleases with our personal information. Citi-zens who are little more than sheep beget Governments of wolves.
Dr M T Gray