Privacy: Government Databases — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 25th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 3:24 pm, 25th March 2009

My Lords, as a polemic and a campaign document it is quite useful, but as a piece of objective academic work it is rather less convincing. I commend David Aaronovitch's article in the Times yesterday, in which he made the point that, although the body that was asked to prepare the report started with an anti-database bias,

"their report was treated as though it had emerged from a body of dispassionate academics engaged in open inquiry".

Mr Aaronovitch ends by saying:

"Perhaps in future they should try discussing these things with people who don't agree with them".