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Population registers and privacy in Britain, 1936-1984

Author: Kevin Manton
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An impressively detailed analysis of the debates in the British central state regarding the need to create an integrated state information system to facilitate policy, and how this came into conflict with popular fears of state intrusion into individual privacy. In our contemporary world, where state and commercial use, and misuse, of personal data is still a burning issue, this work is of great  Read more...
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Manton, Kevin, 1960-
Population registers and privacy in Britain, 1936-1984.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]
(DLC) 2018958723
(OCoLC)1054364791
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Manton
ISBN: 9783030027537 3030027538
OCLC Number: 1080076462
Description: 1 online resource (x, 232 pages)
Contents: The war-time system of national registration --
The abolition of national registration --
Data for "day-to-day intervention" --
People and numbers --
The Younger Committee --
Defending data --
The white papers --
The 1984 Data Protection Act.
Responsibility: Kevin Manton.

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This book examines the fraught political relationship between British governments, which wanted information about peoples' lives, and the people who desired privacy.  Read more...

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