The impending launch of a 'National Allegations Database' will allow 'informers' to directly construct a list of suspected illegal immigrants. Conceived and developed behind closed doors, marginalised by the national media, this is the latest in a series of worrying developments in the undemocratic storing of public information in the UK.
The Home Secretary has admitted in a Parliamentary answer that the Identity and Passport Service is collecting National Insurance numbers from every person who applies for an ID card, and storing them on the National Identity Register
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