UK government finally accepts it cannot secure large databases

In a major climbdown the UK government has dumped plans for a massive communications database. To quote Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, in the foreword to a government consultation on the subject,¬†“the balance between privacy and security is a delicate one, which is why this consultation explicitly rules out the option of setting up a single store of information¬†for use in relation to communications data.” Which is another way of saying the government has accepted that, after leaving everything but the PM’s washing list on a train somewhere, the safest government database is one that doesn’t exist.

All we need now is for them to accept that a biometric ID card/passport database, holding details on the entire population, can’t be protected either.