Living in Europe

12 January 2006
Living in Europe is a web magazine which was set up in early 2005 by a group of pro-Europeans – not necessarily politically pro-European (the authors stress they take no editorial line on what political direction Europe should take), but pro-European in a cultural and social sense. The authors, who are neither politicians nor web-professionals, wish to foster a deeper understanding of the collective European identity, and have a number of interesting articles on culture, European cities, current affairs, as well as a discussion forum. Published quarterly, this web magazine is still very much in its infant stage, and is run by a handful of people across the continent. Small projects and collectives such as Living in Europe really inspire hope for the future. After all, the European project is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the politicians.

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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