It is now over 3 months since the Department for Work and Pensions published details of the racial profiling projects etc. which show that this is not a temporary one off exercise, as implied by the name "Longitudinal Study", but an ongoing, permanent link between the Department for Work and Pensions social security etc. and the Inland Revenue databases, which have been traditionally, and for good reason, kept separate in the past.
Supposedly , there was meant to be an Ethics Committee which would supervise the statistical studies of the combined DWP and IR Data Sets:
""Version 1 - fully identifiable, 24 year history, accessible only by those who will be linking in the Inland Revenue data;
Version 2 - anonymised, 24 year history, available to analysts for statistical and research purposes;
Version 3 - fully identifiable, 1 year history, used for operational purposes (most notably fraud and error)."
This Ethics Committeee had not been constituted (or if it had been, it was in secret) back in March 2004. 3 months later, at the end of June 2004, the Ethics Committee membership, if it exists, has still not been announced.
Does anyone know if this Ethics Committee actually exists, and if so who sits on it, what its terms of reference are, and how it can be contacted by the public ?
Our list of privacy questions about this project remains unanswered.