Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday 12 September 2008
The race to use advanced technology to compile databases on us is wholly self-defeating. The government’s latest plaything - the ContactPoint database - has been delayed for three months due to technical difficulties. Originally due to be launched last April and receiving a further hold up to its revised launch next month, ContactPoint, which holds the details of every child in England and Wales, will be delayed by another three months because of fears arising from the HMRC child benefits data loss in November of last year. In the words of Professor Ross Anderson of the University of Cambridge “The public sector wastes huge amounts of money (taxpayers’ money) on software that doesn’t work. The most likely explanation is that they can’t get ContactPoint to work”.
The ogre of undefined menaces lurking around every corner is being used under another Orwellian-sounding piece of nonsense being created by the EU - Statewatch. Designed to make us all feel safe from these menaces, Statewatch seeks to garner as much information as possible about each individual across the EU by using un-fettered powers in its attainment, an operation which it, unsensitively refers to, as a ‘digital tsunami’ for the benefit of law enforcement and security agencies - certainly not for our benefit!
Another flaw has been identified with fingerprinting technology. A frequent air traveller was recently refused entry to New Zealand, until she eventually proved her identity to immigration officials, as her fingerprint scans did not match those on the database. An official stated that this quite often happens on long-haul flights where the passenger has been subject to cabin pressurisation for a long period of time in that pressurisation alters the fingertip geometry beyond the tolerance of biometric measurements!
If you think the retention of your personal data is safe the think again. German companies are engaging in the illegal trading of millions of sets of personal data drawn from the official registration system. The revelation has only come after the story was picked up in the press and officials had to admit to the fraud. Intermediaries who hold the data on behalf of town halls - and eventually - a centralised database, have used the selling on of personal data for commercial gain, a pretty predictable state of affairs when private corporations are allowed to be the ‘custodians’ of our profiles!
In France, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) and the Office of the French Information Commissioner forced the government to publish a secret decree which authorised the creation of a highly intrusive database on French nationals. Clearly created under the hand of that infidel of the NWO, Nicholas Sarkozy, the register codenamed ‘Edvige’ would list everyone over the age of 13 who had been active in politics, trade unions, has a significant role in business, the media, entertainment or social and religious institutions - in fact a list of, quite possibly, 20 million people, who, as the authorities perceive them, would be likely to breach public order. Since they maintain that so many people’s personal profiles are readily available on Internet forums such as Facebook, it’s OK to amass information this way. (Of course, that was probably one of the covert ideas behind Facebook and other social forums of its ilk). Although officialdom has tried to dismiss outcry follwing the revelation of this vast data-mining exercise, saying that it is just a higher-tech version of the current Renseignements Généraux (RG), Michel Pezet, a former member of the CNIL said “The Edvige database has no place in democracy... The electronic Bastille is upon us”.
The retention of innocent people’s DNA records are still being found. A Tory MP who was fingerprinted after the murder of his 80-year old uncle, but who was proved innocent has stated that he has become a victim of Labour’s ‘Big Brother’ policies. Well, don’t be vindictive, they’ll become your party’s policies after the next general election!