The National Insurance Number "NINO" is part of the 24 year tax record dataset which is now shared by HMRC (the recently combined Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise monolith) with the Department for Woek and Pensions, through a statutory data sharing gateway
called misleadingly, the DWP Longitudinal Study
, which sounds like a one off statistical exercise, but which is a permanent data sharing scheme between these two Central Government Departments.
This Data Sharing happens without your explicit prior consent
, because, the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act are circumvented by a later bit of Primary Legislation, the Employment Act 2002, so it is all "in accordance with law".
The same will be true and more so, with the powers under the Identity Cards Act 2006
There is supposed to be an Ethics Committee which approves the statistical research projects using either supposedly anonymised data or the full name, address, and other tax records data, in combination with the DWP's own social services and benefits data.
The very first such project which was approved, was for the purpose of monitoring how well the DWP was complying with policies against racial discrimination etc.
They did this by shoving the 24 year full database into a a Geographical Information System.
So, now, if bureaucrats wish to, or are ordered to produce lists of addresses, maps, and travel directions to the vast majority of the homes of any particular ethnic or religious group, for the police, the military or for some other para-militaries or death squads, they can do so at the press of a button.
We have already
built the database infrastructure for automated genocide.
Will we succeed in preventing it from being used for such a purpose in the future ?
Apparently the Longitudinal Study is seen by the apparatchiki as a model for other inter-departmental data sharing schemes.
Your NINO, name and home address and other data, will also handed over, without your prior informed consent, to the BBC and to any of its authorised subcontractors, supposedly in order to make sure that no disabled pensioner forgoes "help" with asking for, or installing a Digital TV box, once the Analogue to Digital TV switchover happens in the next few years.
See "Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill = Social Security database rape ?"
Spy Blog FOIA requests on the DWP Longitudinal Study: