Jun 152009
 June 15, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

The Conservatives have pledged to roll back the “Big Brother” state by curbing Government snooping powers and databases.

Shadow security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said the Tories would review powers used by local authorities and draw back the “database state”.


In a speech to public sector leaders in London on Tuesday, she will say: “The individual is the rightful owner of personal information and the state is merely possessor and should behave as a responsible custodian.

“We need to roll back the advance of Big Brother and restore this fundamental right of our citizens. Restoring privacy today must mean a clear statement on the part of those who have custody of personal information of their purpose in retaining it and of their commitment to its proper management. This will involve a review of most of the Government’s centralised databases.”

Read more in the Bearsden Herald.

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