Deputy PM Clegg talks of reducing storage of personal data

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Deputy PM Clegg talks of reducing storage of personal data

Simon Quicke
Those who get twitchy over the government's habit of losing sensitive personal data will be relieved to hear the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg talk of a new politics which avoids the need to keep numerous emails and web records.

In his first major speech since teaming up with David Cameron and forming the coalition government Clegg has set out his vision for constitutional reform and spent some time dwelling on the obsession with collecting data on individuals.

"It is outrageous that decent, law-abiding people are regularly treated as if they have something to hide. It has to stop," said Clegg.

"So there will be no ID card scheme.No national identity register, no second generation biometric passports. We won't hold your internet and email records when there is just no reason to do so," he added.

With CCTV cameras increasingly becoming both HD and networked he also took on fears that personal data is being collected through the thousands of cameras in the UK

"CCTV will be properly regulated, as will the DNA database, with restrictions on the storage of innocent people's DNA," he said.

With the Information Commissioners Office now able to impose fines of up to £500,000 and name and shame those that lose data it is in the latest government's interest to reduce the potential for holding and then losing sensitive information.

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