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FBI strikes again in Puerto Rico

24 February 2006
Officially, it's not a colony. Unofficially, it's hard to know what else to call it. The small island of Puerto Rico has been US territory for more than 100 years. This year, the FBI has come down hard on the remnants of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Five months ago they killed Filiberto Ojeda Rios, who was the leader of the clandestine group Los Machetoros. Earlier this month, they descended on the island again in helicopters with no previous warning to the governor or chief of police, to terrorise other leaders of the independence movement. The Puerto Rican press was attacked with pepper spray. The US press remains largely silent.

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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