Priorities when it comes to data privacy

I was reading again the article published in the BCS ITNOW issue for summer 2009 and thought it prudent to reiterate some grounding principles that drives their Personal Data Guardianship Code.

Government autorities should be asking “If we link these databases will it help the public or just make our administration easier?”

“Will our adminstration actually be better or cheaper if the data in these linked databases is inaccurate or the linkages are incorrect?”

And finally each person to question “I only want to buy a ticket so why do they want to know my ethnic origin, gender, marital status?”