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4 April 2005
Ahead of openDemocracy's debate on the politics of climate change, which starts on 21 April, we're creating a new dedicated space for the climate blog, tentatively titled "openClimate" (now there's a suprise).

oD's earlier climate blog, a category of "oD Today", can be found here. Entries include:

Wings of Change - Can NGOs learn a lesson from the British government? (8 Mar)

Bush the Greenie - Will George W. be environmentalism's improbable saviour? (7 Mar)

Greenpeace blows up the French - Jeremy Leggett condemns Michael Crichton's assault on sanity (3 Mar)

Climate and health - How many people will climate change kill? (3 Mar)

What counts as activism? - oD forum members engage (1 Mar)

Storm warning - discussion of climate change warms up in oD forums, a bit (1 Mar)

Will the world little note? - a petition by US citizens backing Kyoto (19 Feb)

Kyoto and the politics of climate change - marking the coming into force of the Kyoto Protocol (16 Feb)

Caspar Henderson

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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