Following an extensive campaign by Privacy International and our network of groups in the United Kingdom, the UK Government has decided to abandon its current plans for data sharing legislation.
The government has announced that it will immediately abandon clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, following on from an open letter that Privacy International sent to the Justice Secretary earlier this week.
As the Sunday Telegraph observed, the eloquence of the letter together with the remarkable diversity of signatories was central to the government’s U-turn.
A number of organisations, including Privacy International, held discussions with senior advisers to Jack Straw in the latter half of last week, culminating in the government’s decision.
Of course the reversal is likely to be temporary as the Government considers how to consult and reintroduce its plans in future legislation.