http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... ta-sharing
Explainer: Data sharing
* Michael Cross
* guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 January 2009 08.09 GMT
* Article history
What is the government doing with my data?
For the past decade, the government's policy on data protection has pulled in opposite directions. New data protection law gives citizens more say over what organizations, including public bodies, do with their personal information – a right covered by Article 8 of the European convention on human rights.
But Labour's programme for modernising public bodies assumes that officials from different arms of the state should be free to share data about individual citizens without asking them first. Under current legislative proposals, this policy seems to be winning.