Medical records

All medical records should remain confidential and only be shared with other appropriate professionals if the individual concerned agrees. The records should never be shared without this consent.

Why is this idea important?

All medical records should remain confidential and only be shared with other appropriate professionals if the individual concerned agrees. The records should never be shared without this consent.

Elimination of ContactPoint

The new coalition government has done well in abolishing the ID card scheme, however an equally insidious and vulnerable scheme by the name of ContactPoint is still in the works. This is far too intrusive, costly, and involves the garnering off far too much personal data about children in the U.K.  It is also selective insofar as the offspring of celebrities, politicians, and the wealthy are not to be included in the data, highlighting two major flaws, i.e. security concerns before the scheme is even off the ground (because the children of people in these "categories" are deemed to be more likely to be targetted by the villains among us, clearly implying that there are indeed worries about the ease with which data could be hacked); and the elitist nature of the scheme, whereby it is proposed that some are more important than others. ContactPoint is an unnecessary and Orwellian proposal which needs to be done away with, now.

Why is this idea important?

The new coalition government has done well in abolishing the ID card scheme, however an equally insidious and vulnerable scheme by the name of ContactPoint is still in the works. This is far too intrusive, costly, and involves the garnering off far too much personal data about children in the U.K.  It is also selective insofar as the offspring of celebrities, politicians, and the wealthy are not to be included in the data, highlighting two major flaws, i.e. security concerns before the scheme is even off the ground (because the children of people in these "categories" are deemed to be more likely to be targetted by the villains among us, clearly implying that there are indeed worries about the ease with which data could be hacked); and the elitist nature of the scheme, whereby it is proposed that some are more important than others. ContactPoint is an unnecessary and Orwellian proposal which needs to be done away with, now.

All innocent people to be taken off all data bases

All people found innocent must be taken off all data bases.This includes removal from D.N .A bases, C.R B  unfounded, unfavourable reports, untrue sex offenders register inclusions  and arrest warrent reports.

I do not of course condone any criminal behaviour especially with regard to children.

But  the former government seems to have put in place the powers to perform irrational witch hunts in these areas, and many innocent people are caught in this net and can never escape.

Their names are forever tainted and job searches will constantly find their names on such lists  and deny them oppurtunities to get beyond the nightmare of unfounded suspicions. .

This is virtually  a life sentence for crimes that were not committed,

This is  irrational, illogical and unjust,and not what British justice is supposed to be respected for.

Whatever the  suspected crime, in any category, including violent or sexually related crime, if found innocent, that must be respected and believed.

People are falsely criminalised and their lives stopped , society is deprived of valuable member's input, and it is a huge waste of time and money to put such people and their family and friends through the financial and emotional turmoil.

This is urgently in need of renovation

Why is this idea important?

All people found innocent must be taken off all data bases.This includes removal from D.N .A bases, C.R B  unfounded, unfavourable reports, untrue sex offenders register inclusions  and arrest warrent reports.

I do not of course condone any criminal behaviour especially with regard to children.

But  the former government seems to have put in place the powers to perform irrational witch hunts in these areas, and many innocent people are caught in this net and can never escape.

Their names are forever tainted and job searches will constantly find their names on such lists  and deny them oppurtunities to get beyond the nightmare of unfounded suspicions. .

This is virtually  a life sentence for crimes that were not committed,

This is  irrational, illogical and unjust,and not what British justice is supposed to be respected for.

Whatever the  suspected crime, in any category, including violent or sexually related crime, if found innocent, that must be respected and believed.

People are falsely criminalised and their lives stopped , society is deprived of valuable member's input, and it is a huge waste of time and money to put such people and their family and friends through the financial and emotional turmoil.

This is urgently in need of renovation

That the Government restore freedom and liberty by removing from the DNA Database any records relating to innocent people

The immediate removal of all details of innocent people from the DNA database and restricting any Police DNA database to consist only of people who have been convicted of a crime, and even then for a maximum period of 5 years following release from prison. On arrest of course a suspect’s DNA can be taken to be matched against unsolved crimes, but should then also be destroyed once checked.

Why is this idea important?

The immediate removal of all details of innocent people from the DNA database and restricting any Police DNA database to consist only of people who have been convicted of a crime, and even then for a maximum period of 5 years following release from prison. On arrest of course a suspect’s DNA can be taken to be matched against unsolved crimes, but should then also be destroyed once checked.

Housing, Benefits & Jobs

Having had the misfortune of being made redundant through ill health last November and also being made homeless for part of this year, I have had to hunt high and low for somewhere to live and it has been far from being easy!

The biggest problem with being unemployed, is the simple fact that a great many landlords do not accept DSS tenants. Look at most adverts for property that is available to rent and you will see the words NO DSS attached to the end of the advert. 

Having researched the problem myself, I have discovered that there is a serious level of discrimination towards those who are unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Your government may be looking to cut benefits in order to reduce the national debt, but for someone like myself who is desperate to get back in to work and also done their damned hardest to get off the street, benefits are vital until new employment can be found. By councils delaying benefits or constantly messing people around, they are adding even more stress to what is already a difficult time.

Yes, the benefits system needs a re-think and yes, there are people who abuse it, but there are a hell of a lot of people who need it, that are struggling to survive! 

I am on Job Seekers Allowance of £65 per week. £7.65 per week  is deducted from that because I had no choice except to apply for a Social Fund Loan in order to be able to get the house I am now living in. This leaves me with just over £57 a week to survive on. Once I pay for electric, gas and food, I am left with virtually nothing. I do not own a television and even if I did, I would not be able to afford a licence! I have no car, and yet again if I did, I could not afford to run it! 

What I am asking is that the government start to look at the reasons why the people on DSS are struggling to find employment…. is it because of a lack of jobs? A lack of skills? There could be any number of reasons. 

In my particular case, I was made redundant through ill health last year, since making a recovery, I have applied for over 180 jobs since March this year. Out of the 180 jobs I have applied for, I have had exactly 8 letters telling me I was not suitable for the position or was not qualified enough and I have been asked to one (1) interview! The rest I have not heard anything from! So as a part of looking at the reasons why people are struggling to find employment, look at the jobs which are being advertised! 

I have been registered with Jobs Today, Monster and several other websites. Since registering, I have checked them daily and all I see is a repeat of the same adverts by the same companies with very little difference elsewhere. Many of these companies when you read their adverts often talk about career prospects within the company and how you can advance through the ranks. If this is the case, how come so many of the companies advertising these claims of fabulous career prospects are advertising elsewhere…why are they not promoting their current staff to the managerial jobs which dominate the Jobs website pages and replacing the staff who are promoted?

Why is this idea important?

Having had the misfortune of being made redundant through ill health last November and also being made homeless for part of this year, I have had to hunt high and low for somewhere to live and it has been far from being easy!

The biggest problem with being unemployed, is the simple fact that a great many landlords do not accept DSS tenants. Look at most adverts for property that is available to rent and you will see the words NO DSS attached to the end of the advert. 

Having researched the problem myself, I have discovered that there is a serious level of discrimination towards those who are unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Your government may be looking to cut benefits in order to reduce the national debt, but for someone like myself who is desperate to get back in to work and also done their damned hardest to get off the street, benefits are vital until new employment can be found. By councils delaying benefits or constantly messing people around, they are adding even more stress to what is already a difficult time.

Yes, the benefits system needs a re-think and yes, there are people who abuse it, but there are a hell of a lot of people who need it, that are struggling to survive! 

I am on Job Seekers Allowance of £65 per week. £7.65 per week  is deducted from that because I had no choice except to apply for a Social Fund Loan in order to be able to get the house I am now living in. This leaves me with just over £57 a week to survive on. Once I pay for electric, gas and food, I am left with virtually nothing. I do not own a television and even if I did, I would not be able to afford a licence! I have no car, and yet again if I did, I could not afford to run it! 

What I am asking is that the government start to look at the reasons why the people on DSS are struggling to find employment…. is it because of a lack of jobs? A lack of skills? There could be any number of reasons. 

In my particular case, I was made redundant through ill health last year, since making a recovery, I have applied for over 180 jobs since March this year. Out of the 180 jobs I have applied for, I have had exactly 8 letters telling me I was not suitable for the position or was not qualified enough and I have been asked to one (1) interview! The rest I have not heard anything from! So as a part of looking at the reasons why people are struggling to find employment, look at the jobs which are being advertised! 

I have been registered with Jobs Today, Monster and several other websites. Since registering, I have checked them daily and all I see is a repeat of the same adverts by the same companies with very little difference elsewhere. Many of these companies when you read their adverts often talk about career prospects within the company and how you can advance through the ranks. If this is the case, how come so many of the companies advertising these claims of fabulous career prospects are advertising elsewhere…why are they not promoting their current staff to the managerial jobs which dominate the Jobs website pages and replacing the staff who are promoted?

Give each individual a memory stick with their NHS records on

The idea of a centralised NHS database of everyone's personal records is proving to be unpopular, difficult to implement & riven with security issues.  Rather than continue down this route, why not issue each member of the public with their own password protected jumpdrive / memory stick (with a key ring perhaps for ease of carriage) containing their health records.  It would then be up to the individual to look after them & take them along to appointments, where it could be plugged into the GP's / hospital's computer and viewed / updated accordingly.  If the patient wished for their GP to keep a copy then it would be up to them.

This is a similar / neater (electronic) version of the current (paper based) system used for pregnant women.  Then people will be in control of their own records & have them with them most of the time.  Each memory stick would need to be password protected & have a unique identifier printed on the outside – then all you would need is a freepost address for the return of lost sticks and a (relatively small) database with the ID No & the address of it's owner but no other records.

Why is this idea important?

The idea of a centralised NHS database of everyone's personal records is proving to be unpopular, difficult to implement & riven with security issues.  Rather than continue down this route, why not issue each member of the public with their own password protected jumpdrive / memory stick (with a key ring perhaps for ease of carriage) containing their health records.  It would then be up to the individual to look after them & take them along to appointments, where it could be plugged into the GP's / hospital's computer and viewed / updated accordingly.  If the patient wished for their GP to keep a copy then it would be up to them.

This is a similar / neater (electronic) version of the current (paper based) system used for pregnant women.  Then people will be in control of their own records & have them with them most of the time.  Each memory stick would need to be password protected & have a unique identifier printed on the outside – then all you would need is a freepost address for the return of lost sticks and a (relatively small) database with the ID No & the address of it's owner but no other records.

DNA

To remove without cost, of DNA and fingerprints of people who have not been convicted of non crimes, which resulted in no prison/suspended sentence, or community service.

Why is this idea important?

To remove without cost, of DNA and fingerprints of people who have not been convicted of non crimes, which resulted in no prison/suspended sentence, or community service.

Controls On Mass Surveillance, e.g. ANPR System

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.

Why is this idea important?

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.

Cancel the NHS project creating centralised patient records

The NHS is busy adding the dat of as many people as possible to a newcentralsied database.

Imn theiry, patients have the right to decline but it is made quite difficult to do so. Uner 16-y-o's cannot decline!

The NHS has an appalling track record of managing large computer projects, confidentiality of patient data.

This database is unwanted, even by many GPs.

Tyhe NHS is wasting £ billions on trhis database – mone which would be better spent on patient care.

Why is this idea important?

The NHS is busy adding the dat of as many people as possible to a newcentralsied database.

Imn theiry, patients have the right to decline but it is made quite difficult to do so. Uner 16-y-o's cannot decline!

The NHS has an appalling track record of managing large computer projects, confidentiality of patient data.

This database is unwanted, even by many GPs.

Tyhe NHS is wasting £ billions on trhis database – mone which would be better spent on patient care.

Delete DNA for people who have only been cautioned

I think it is wrong that somebody with Simple Caution should be retained on the database for life.

Remember, people who have been cautioned have not been arrested, have not been charged, have not been to court, and do not have a criminal record.

It is my opinion that those cautioned should have their details (DNA, fingerprints, photographs) removed from the database at the point at which their caution ‘expires’ and is ’stepped down’ on the database.

Why is this idea important?

I think it is wrong that somebody with Simple Caution should be retained on the database for life.

Remember, people who have been cautioned have not been arrested, have not been charged, have not been to court, and do not have a criminal record.

It is my opinion that those cautioned should have their details (DNA, fingerprints, photographs) removed from the database at the point at which their caution ‘expires’ and is ’stepped down’ on the database.

Stop recording our emails and phone calls

One of the craziest ideas the Labour government brought in was a requirement for ISPs and telephone companies to keep records of all our phone calls and emails and for them to be available to the government. That law should be repealed. If security services need to listen in to terror suspects, then that should be authorised on a case by case basis with proper judicial process.

Why is this idea important?

One of the craziest ideas the Labour government brought in was a requirement for ISPs and telephone companies to keep records of all our phone calls and emails and for them to be available to the government. That law should be repealed. If security services need to listen in to terror suspects, then that should be authorised on a case by case basis with proper judicial process.

Recording emails, website visits and text

The last government wanted to record who we email, who we text, and what websites we use. It was intended that all this could be used for the prevention and detecting of serious crime.

Whilst it I think it is a good idea to know who is visiting sites that tell you how to build bombs etc, I feel that it is highly intrusive to record if we visited a site about things like aclohol problems, sites that help with male ompetence etc.

My idea is that the law should be changed to exclude websites and pone numbers that are set up to help people. This would mean that whilst the police could find out who called a suspected bomber a few times before an attack, the police would not be able to see if someone had accessed a web site that offers help or called Childline, crime stoppers etc. It would also mean that parents would know that calling someone for help with their alocohol problems etc would not be passed on to others, such as social services.

Why is this idea important?

The last government wanted to record who we email, who we text, and what websites we use. It was intended that all this could be used for the prevention and detecting of serious crime.

Whilst it I think it is a good idea to know who is visiting sites that tell you how to build bombs etc, I feel that it is highly intrusive to record if we visited a site about things like aclohol problems, sites that help with male ompetence etc.

My idea is that the law should be changed to exclude websites and pone numbers that are set up to help people. This would mean that whilst the police could find out who called a suspected bomber a few times before an attack, the police would not be able to see if someone had accessed a web site that offers help or called Childline, crime stoppers etc. It would also mean that parents would know that calling someone for help with their alocohol problems etc would not be passed on to others, such as social services.

Length of DNA retention on Police database

This should be standardised and regulated. There is NO reason for the police force to keep the data of innocents for longer than is necessary. Innocent peiople's data should be kept for a (short) set period to eliminate them from enquiries and then securely destroyed.

Also, Offender's data should be destroyed after a  longer period. Example: If a man is convicted of a single case of joyriding when he is 18, should his data shtill be on the police database when he is 45? He clearly made a mistake in his life, and should not have his personal data kept beyond what could be described as a reasonable period. If he stole 1 car, and hasn't re-offended for 10 years (3,650 days. Three and a half THOUSAND days crime-free), one can probably safely assume he's not going to.

 

I propose:

3-6 months max retention for innocent's DNA data to be stored

10 years for a criminal's data to be stored before beging destroyed PROVIDING they have remained crime-free. If they continue to commit crime, the 10 year rule gets re-applied after every new conviction.

Example: If a man commits a knife crime,  his DNA gets taken. 2 years later he commits another crime – theft. His DNA already exists on the database, it HAD 8 years left before deletion. After the new crime is added to his record, the DNA now has a 10 year lifespan again. NOT 18 YEARS. Data should not be stored for more than 10 years.

However, the data "Lifespan" should begin AFTER a convict's release from prison (if a prison term is issued). There's no point putting a murderer in prison for 15 years, and deleting his data after the first 10 years of his sentence. That would defeat the object of the database.

Why is this idea important?

This should be standardised and regulated. There is NO reason for the police force to keep the data of innocents for longer than is necessary. Innocent peiople's data should be kept for a (short) set period to eliminate them from enquiries and then securely destroyed.

Also, Offender's data should be destroyed after a  longer period. Example: If a man is convicted of a single case of joyriding when he is 18, should his data shtill be on the police database when he is 45? He clearly made a mistake in his life, and should not have his personal data kept beyond what could be described as a reasonable period. If he stole 1 car, and hasn't re-offended for 10 years (3,650 days. Three and a half THOUSAND days crime-free), one can probably safely assume he's not going to.

 

I propose:

3-6 months max retention for innocent's DNA data to be stored

10 years for a criminal's data to be stored before beging destroyed PROVIDING they have remained crime-free. If they continue to commit crime, the 10 year rule gets re-applied after every new conviction.

Example: If a man commits a knife crime,  his DNA gets taken. 2 years later he commits another crime – theft. His DNA already exists on the database, it HAD 8 years left before deletion. After the new crime is added to his record, the DNA now has a 10 year lifespan again. NOT 18 YEARS. Data should not be stored for more than 10 years.

However, the data "Lifespan" should begin AFTER a convict's release from prison (if a prison term is issued). There's no point putting a murderer in prison for 15 years, and deleting his data after the first 10 years of his sentence. That would defeat the object of the database.

Curtail the power of the DVLA

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

NHS Database

Citizens' medical data should only be uploaded to the NHS Database when they have given their express consent to their GP (or hospital) for this to happen – an "opt in" system. The current and hated  "opt-out" system should be halted without delay – as the BMA says, patients do not understand that silence equals consent.

Why is this idea important?

Citizens' medical data should only be uploaded to the NHS Database when they have given their express consent to their GP (or hospital) for this to happen – an "opt in" system. The current and hated  "opt-out" system should be halted without delay – as the BMA says, patients do not understand that silence equals consent.

OPTING OUT OF THE NHS MEDICAL RECORDS DATABASE

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.

Why is this idea important?

The way the current system works,everybody is automatically opted in the medical record database system. My idea is to  make it neccessary for you the patient to opt into the system rather than opt out. The database managers should have to sell their idea to the patients, so that the patients can make an informed decision on this matter rather than automatically being added to this centralised database system.