What do we do about sharing data?

October 31, 2008

If the Conservatives get in at the next election, all that work on sharing data and services might have been wasted according to a report today:

Keep our data ‘carefully controlled’
Friday, October 31, 2008

The shadow security minister, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, has told a conference that the government needs a less-joined up approach to information systems.

The former chairwoman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) said to the RSA Conference in London that a Conservative government would be likely to adopt “separate, disaggregated and carefully controlled information systems and databases”.

Dame Pauline said the “lax security culture that has emerged” must be tackled with greater regulation and oversight of the transfer of information. The recent spate of data losses suggest that the government will have to work within a policy framework that favours disaggregated IT systems, she added.

“Access to data, and the transfer of data, must be based on clear and legitimate business need. And the information supplied must be limited: it should meet the requirements of that business request, nothing more,” she said.