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8 December 2005

Perhaps the wrong question... "So who do you think is the greatest human rights personality of modern times? Martin Luther King; Nelson Mandela; Eleanor Roosevelt; Mahatma Gandhi; or someone else altogether?"

LSE are hosting an event in London tonight entitled:

Human Rights Day Balloon Debate: who is the greatest of the 20th century?

If you can't attend, perhaps you can decide who should go, and who should stay (in the balloon that is). I've always been partial to Gandhi, and his 'talisman' myself.

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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