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11 November 2005
Yesterday, one of our readers sent us the following message and link:

“Dear friends
please read this when you have the time. Its about terrorism and the politics of violence, and (I think)  has something to do with your interests. If you agree, please put the link on your website, or pass it on... “

http://www.himalmag.com/2005/september/cover_story.html

Well, I for one, do agree. It’s great to to be offered something to read on our last official day of blogging on UN Resolution 1325 that opens up an even wider historical debate on violence that could keep us going for months! Thank you Dilip...

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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