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A new Mega State Database?

I recently re-read The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It begins with Arthur Dent discovering his house is about to be destroyed to make way for a bypass, under plans that “have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months”, in a dark basement where they were almost impossible to find:

“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”

It seems The Telegraph has turned up some similarly obscure proposals. It ran an article this week, claiming

Details of the financial history, qualifications and property wealth of millions of Britons could be shared across Whitehall for the first time without their consent, the Telegraph can disclose. Information including voters’ driving licences, criminal records, energy use and even whether they use a bus pass could be shared under a radical blueprint to link up thousands of state databases used by schools, councils, police and civil servants.

So, the basic idea is to link databases into one big database. This blog considers that idea Continue reading A new Mega State Database?