The Census is set to be inflicted on us on Census Day / Night - Saturday 27th March 2011
Since it has, unfortunately, become impossible to trust this or any future Government with our Data Protection Act 1998 section 2 Sensitive Personal Data, the forthcoming Census, which appears to be a huge increase in the amount of bureaucratic snooping compared with the previous Census, is going to be very controversial.
SInce the data is being collected by US Defense Contractor Lockheed-Martin to data process, it will inevitably be handed over to the US Government, by hook or by crook, regardless of any legal contract signed with this weak Labour Government.
Why has the Whitehall bureaucracy been allowed to ignore the Principles of Data Minimization recommended by the Thomas and Walport Data Sharing Review?
Will the political Opposition manage to get any of these unnecessarily intrusive questions removed from this Draft Statutory Instrument, or will they just rubber stamp it "on the nod", as usual ?
Most of the potential benefits to members of the public, in terms of planning of future government services, simply needs just the number of people living in a particular area, and does not justify these intrusive Census questions
How many of these Sensitive Personal Data Questions about Names and Addresses, Medical Data, Disabilities, Racial Ethnicity, Religious Beliefs, Recent Job History, Accommodation Details and Familial Relationships. will you try to avoid or deliberately lie about ?
Remember that Census Data is not "anonymised".at the point of collection.
[UPDATED on 30th October to include this section on the removal of the supposedly absolute confidentiality of the census data]:
Remember also that, unlike previous Censuses, the supposedly cast iron guarantee of the Census Act 1920 to prevent the sharing of this supposedly confidential census data with the Police or Intelligence agencies or the Tax authorities etc. has now been abolished by a combination of the general "get out of jail for incompetent bureaucrats" clause introduced in by the amendments sneaked in to the Census Confidentiality Act 1991
1 Unlawful disclosure of information
In section 8 of the [1920 c. 41.] Census Act 1920 (penalties), the following subsections shall be substituted for subsection (2)--
(4) It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (2) or (3) to prove--
(a) that at the time of the alleged offence he believed--
(i) that he was acting with lawful authority; or
When this is combined with the
(1) Subject to this section, personal information held by the Board in relation to the exercise of any of its functions must not be disclosed by--
(a) any member or employee of the Board,
(b) a member of any committee of the Board, or
(c) any other person who has received it directly or indirectly from the Board.
(4) Subsection (1) does not apply to a disclosure which--
(a) is required or permitted by any enactment,
(b) is required by a Community obligation,
(c) is necessary for the purpose of enabling or assisting the Board to exercise any of its functions,
(d) has already lawfully been made available to the public,
(e) is made in pursuance of an order of a court,
(f) is made for the purposes of a criminal investigation or criminal proceedings (whether or not in the United Kingdom),
(g) is made, in the interests of national security, to an Intelligence Service,
(h) is made with the consent of the person to whom it relates, or
(i) is made to an approved researcher.
There is now no legal defence for the Office for National Statistics to stand up to the police, intelligence agencies, tax authorities or even High Court Orders brought by rich clients and their expensive lawyers, or other data snoopers, who want to use the census data for their own data trawling purposes to hunt down a particular individual or their family.
Here are the details of the Intrusive, and No Longer Confidential Questions which are to be demanded from you, under the threat of a fine of up to Level 3 on the Standard Scale i.e. £1000:
Particulars to be stated in returns
1. For each usual resident at the address, the first name, last name, connection to the household or accommodation and whether or not an individual return has been issued for that person.
2.The total number of usual residents at the address.
3. For each usual resident--
(a) except in a case to which (b) applies, the relationship to the first person named in the return and the relationship to each of the previous persons named in the return;
(b) in the case of any person named seventh or at any higher number in a return, the relationship to the first person named in the return and to any other person named at a previous number higher than six in the return.
At the very least fill out a separate form for each person, so that you do not have to betray your familial relationship to the Census database snoopers.
4. For each reckonable visitor at the address, the first name, last name, sex, date of birth, connection to the household or accommodation and usual address or country of usual residence if outside the UK.
5. The total number of reckonable visitors at the address.
6. Sex and date of birth.
7. Current legal status as to marriage or civil partnership.
8. Whether a student (including a schoolchild) in full-time education and if so, whether living at the address to which the return relates during term-time or at another address.
9. Country of birth.
10. If not born in the UK, the month and year of most recent arrival to live in the UK, and if that event was on or after 27th March 2010, the length of intended stay in the UK.
All 450 million European Union nationals(including UK citizens) have the right of freedom of travel throughout the European Union, without having to Register with the local government, unless they stay for more than 3 months. The responses to this Question will be statistically meaningless.
11. Country of passport held.
12. Whether or not the person stays at another address for more than 30 days a year, and if so, either the address (if within the UK), or the country (if outside the UK), and in either case the type of address.
13. Whether or not the person suffers from any health problem or disability which has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months and which limits that person's day-to-day activities.
14. Whether the person's health is in general very good, good, fair, bad or very bad.
15. Whether or not the person looks after or gives help or support to family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-standing physical or mental ill-health or disability or because of problems related to old age and, if so, the number of hours a week spent on this, excluding anything done as part of any paid employment.
Medical Data like this is Sensitive Personal Data - do not answer this / do not answer this truthfully !
16. Whether the person describes themselves as: English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, British, or any other national identity (stating which) and which one of the following--
(a)White and whether English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, Irish, Gypsy or Irish Traveller, or any other White background (stating which);
(b) Mixed/multiple ethnic group and whether White and Black Caribbean, White and Black African, White and Asian, or any other Mixed/multiple ethnic background (stating which);
(c) Asian/Asian British and whether Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese or any other Asian background (stating which);
(d) Black/African/Caribbean/Black British and whether African, Caribbean, or any other Black/African/Caribbean background (stating which); or
(e)Arab or other ethnic group (stating which).
This is perfect data for anyone planning "ethnic cleansing" or genocide.
This will not be of any use in combatting illegal immigration !
The understandable fear is that this data will be used for Rich Picture and Tension Monitoring snooping and spying on ethnic and religious communities by the Police and UK and Foreign Intelligence Agencies.
17. Whether the person describes themselves as: of no religion, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, or of any other religion (stating which).
What happened to "Jedi Knight" ?
Religious Belief is Sensitive Personal Data - do not answer this / do not answer this truthfully !
18. Whether main language is English (or for returns in Wales, Welsh or English) or another language (stating which).
19. If main language is one other than English (or for returns in Wales, Welsh or English), whether the person can speak English very well, well, not well or not at all.
This will not be of any use in combatting illegal immigration !
It will not be of any use in providing English As Foreign Language training either.
20. Whether on 27th March 2010--
Make your minds up - do you mean 2010 or 2011 ?
(a) the person was a usual resident--
(i) at the address to which the return relates;
(ii) at a student term-time address (and if so, that address); or
(iii)at another address in the UK (and if so, that address); or
(b)the person's usual address was outside the UK (and if so, in which country).
Is this a crude attempt to try to hunt down non-domiciled tax avoiders ?
Education and Employment particulars for each person to whom article 6(2)(d)(ii) or 6(3)(b) applies
21. The levels of educational qualifications obtained (if any) and whether any of the following have been obtained --
(b)vocational or work-related qualifications;
Why is this information required, and by whom ?
22. Whether that person during the week preceding census day was--
(a) working as an employee;
(b) on a Government sponsored training scheme;
(c)self-employed or working freelance;
(d) working paid or unpaid for own or a family business;
(e) doing any other kind of paid work;
(f) away from work ill, on maternity leave, on holiday or temporarily laid off; or
(g) none of the above.
23. If not working during the week preceding census day, whether or not that person was--
(a) actively looking for any kind of paid work during the last four weeks;
(b) available to start work within two weeks;
(c)waiting to start work, having obtained a job;
and whether that person was--
(e) a student;
(f) looking after the home or family;
(g) long term sick or disabled; or
(h) not working for any other reason.
24. If not working during the week preceding census day, whether that person has ever worked and if so, the last year of work.
25. For the main job done during the week preceding census day, or if not working then, for the last main job--
(a) whether working as an employee, or self-employed with employees or self-employed/freelance without employees;
(b)the full title of the main job;
(c) what was done in the main job;
(d) whether or not supervising any other employees;
(e) the main business activity of the employer at the place of work; and
(f) either the name of the organisation worked for (including own organisation if self-employed) or whether there was no such organisation.
26. In respect of any person who was working during the week preceding census day--
(a) the workplace address for the main job, or whether mainly working at or from home or at an offshore installation or whether there is no fixed place of work;
(b) the mode of transport used for the longest part, by distance, of the usual journey to work; and
(c) the number of hours a week usually worked in the main job.
This is only a couple of questions short of "signing on" for state benefits etc. !
These Questions also fall foul of spirit of the Terrorism Act 2000 section 58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc - what if you are employed at a Military Base or Police station or Intelligence Agency HQ ?
Do not answer this / do not answer this truthfully !
27. Whether the living accommodation occupied by the household to which the return relates is--
(a) a whole house or bungalow (and whether detached, semi-detached or terraced (including end-terrace); or
(b) a flat, maisonette or apartment (and whether in a purpose-built block of flats or tenement, part of a converted or shared house (including bed-sits) or in a commercial building); or
(c) a caravan or any other mobile or temporary structure.
28. Whether or not the accommodation is self-contained.
29. Excluding any bathrooms, toilets, halls or landings, or rooms that can only be used for storage, the number of rooms for use only by the household (and the number of these rooms that are designed for use as a bedroom).
30. Whether or not the accommodation has central heating, and if so whether the type of heating is gas, electric, oil, solid fuel or other type.
31. The number of cars and vans owned, or available for use, by one or more members of the household to which the return relates.
32. Whether the household to which the return relates--
(a) owns the accommodation outright;
(b) owns the accommodation with a mortgage or loan;
(c) part owns and part pays rent;
(d)rents the accommodation; or
(e) lives in the accommodation rent free.
33. Where the household to which the return relates rents or part rents the accommodation or lives in the accommodation rent free, the type of landlord.
The only possible reason for these questions must be fo try to crudely detect "benefits cheats" or for a Local Authority to tax you more .
Do not answer this / do not answer this truthfully.
Additional particulars for Wales
34. In respect of any person, whether able to--
(a)understand spoken Welsh;
(b) speak Welsh;
(c) read Welsh;
(d)write Welsh; or
(e)do none of the above.
Why is this not next to the English Language Question ? Why are the categories of language skill not exactly the same for English and Welsh
Additional particulars for individual returns
35. Whether the accommodation is a private or family home, or a communal establishment.
36. If the accommodation is a communal establishment whether or not the respondent is answering the questions on behalf of someone else and whether the person with whom the return is concerned is--
(a) a resident in the establishment; or
(b) a member of staff or the owner of the establishment; or
(c) a family member or partner of a member of staff or of the owner of the establishment.