After the Cabinet Office proposed a dramatic expansion of Police data-matching powers via the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), ORG supporters responded with a clear message: Stop the Digital Police State!
Now that the public consultation is over, it is clear that this dramatic expansion of Police powers without any checks and balances must be scrapped.
Write to your MP to ask Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office Minister, to scrap proposals for creating a Digital Police State.
You can use the below as guidance, but PLEASE USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
“The Government is planning to extend the NFI’s scope far beyond its anti-fraud base to include virtually any other criminal activity, but it has no mention of privacy safeguards or restrictions on Police access to personal data.”
“The NFI has over 300 million sensitive records including public sector payroll, housing benefit, social housing waiting lists, parking permits, council tax, local authority pension payments, electoral register, right to buy, and public sector housing.”
"This dramatic expansion of Police data powers via the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) will result in creation of a Digital Police State. This proposal should be scrapped immediately."
Please write to your MP now to Stop the Digital Police State!
For more information on the Government's proposal and ORG's position, read our briefing.