|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
The Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): The report was published on 18 September. It is a valuable contribution to the debate on this important issue. I am considering its recommendations carefully before coming to a view on what action to take. I will inform the House when I have done so.
The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The Prime Minister has asked the Performance and Innovation Unit to undertake a further project looking at privacy and data-sharing issues in the delivery of government services.
Privacy and the protection of personal information has increased in importance with developments in IT. Data-sharing is a key to modernising government, to facilitating seamless electronic delivery of government services, to reducing fraud against government and to encouraging e-commerce. This project will analyse a broad range of issues involved in privacy and data-sharing, including current government, private sector and international practices; structural and technological issues; public concerns; and the current legal parameters. The Performance and Innovation Unit aims to complete a report by early next year.
|Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|