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Identity Documents Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:43 am on 29th June 2010.

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Shami Chakrabarti: How do I take that back or indicate a lightness of remark?

We guard that voluntary membership database very closely—we never sell on the data; we never share it. If we were required to, under police warrant, that would be a different matter. It is a very important point, which is why I return to the databases that are voluntary. If they are compulsory, they contain no more information than absolutely necessary, and other safeguards must apply.