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Increase in state databases 'a threat to civil liberties'

PUBLISHED August 17, 2004

The government has lost control of the growing network of state databases monitoring every aspect of modern life, presenting dangers for basic liberties, a senior Labour MP warned yesterday.

John Denham, a former Home Office minister who is sometimes seen as an "outrider" for Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and his political followers, called for a set of rules limiting the spread of so-called Big Brother databases, and clearly defining citizens[base '] rights to see and correct their records.