Is this the return of Clause 152?http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... stice-bill
The bill also originally contained measures to allow the widespread sharing of personal data across Whitehall departments and throughout the public sector. Clause 152 was designed to introduce a fast-track process to allow ministers to share sensitive data held by the government, individuals or private companies "for any public policy purpose", reversing the data protection principle that information provided to one government agency for one purpose should not normally be used by another for a different purpose.
The clause attracted a diverse collection of critics, including former home secretary David Blunkett, who suggested the provisions needed to be "examined thoroughly" to determine whether the powers were likely to be misused, and in March 2009 the government abandoned its data-sharing plans.
For extended analysis of Clause 152's problems, see: http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/clause-152-cor ... -bill.html