London will recover soon

8 July 2005

Daniel Kramb, 22, German student living in East London

"When I got into the office at around 9.30am yesterday morning there was talk about a power surge at Aldgate East (5 min away from where I work) and that therefore a lot of people would not be able to make it in. From then onwards we watched the tragedy evolving on TV and relevant websites.

As soon as we realised what had happened we called relatives and friends to tell them we are fine and to make sure that they are safe too.

At around 12 o'clock we all decided to go home, most of us by bike, others walking, but most importantly on our quickest way home.

The most bizarre experience was to see Brick Lane, a usually vibrant street in East London, completely deserted and quiet. It was a very strange day.

I think that London will find its way back into normality quite easily. On the one hand because London was in a way prepared for the attack and can therefore deal with it much better and on the other hand because the damages were a lot smaller than what happened in Madrid or New York.

I believe that the British government will use yesterday's attack as an argument to support the War on Terror and probably as a new way to promote ID cards."

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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