Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude launched two separate consultations on open data in government and the planned Public Data Corporation (PDC) this morning. UK taxpayers are being asked to comment on the handling of public data by central and local government. The Cabinet Office is seeking views from British citizens on the …
... with the understanding that it's *OUR* data, for *OUR* benefit, and not to be flogged off to businesses, insurers, marketing agencies or anyone else who'll give them a quick buck and us an on-going pain in the backside!
for the love of Bacon, DO NOT make any format or standard the domain of a single company.
* glares at Microsoft *
Any good format should be 100% open, platform independant, and should be up to public scrutiny/consultation. Whilst I know it is easier for a single entity to maintain something, anyone else should be able to come up with a better means to do the same job and any government contract must dictate on such terms - "Do the job, or we'll give it to someone who can do it better".
Re-education needed here, I think.
It isn't 'your data'. As soon as the Government collects it it becomes 'The Government's data' for them to do with as they see fit within the law.
You have a Member of Parliament and all manner of Ombudspeople who are in place to help you resolve data use issues. If the government think best use can be made by subcontracting its processing to, for example, part of the USA's industrial military machine then that is their option providing no corruption or maladministration is involved.
If you have issues use the processes available to get resolution. It may take some time. You may give up through frustration. You may even 'go postal' but don't ever lose sight of the fact that the Government will do what it wants within the law.
Now move along, nothing to see here, just move along....
I thought that concept had already been in the trial stage (albeit inadvertently) for years? Aforesaid trials do make nonsense of the vaunted Data Protection thingumy, though.
The ICO needs the ability to really prosecute offenders and the will carry it out, at the moment there could be another BT-Phorm and they would get away with it.