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91. Government and business have a shared interest in accurate and accessible information about the customers of their services and in building public confidence in how identity information is used. The Public Private Forum on Identity Management (See for more information). chaired by Sir James Crosby, who was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is considering these issues, and how the public and private sectors can work together to deliver real improvements for individuals. The forum will report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Ministerial Committee on Identity Management in April 2007.

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I think that "shared interests" masks a serious fallacy. I think its naive and dangerous, rather than Machiavellian. Business wants to know more about its customers, yes, but it's a VERY DIFFERENT INTEREST from the legitimate regulatory interest government has. When govenment treats me as a customer eg promoting sports and leisure facilities to me this is very different from what I'm prepared for the doctor or the welfare services to know about me.

Posted by William on 2007-01-21 21:56:32.
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