Conservative former minister David Davis has described a Government proposal to share taxpayers' data with private firms as "borderline insane".
Speaking to the Guardian: "The officials who drew this up clearly have no idea of the risks to data in an electronic age."
"Our forefathers put these checks and balances in place when the information was kept in cardboard files, and data was therefore difficult to appropriate and misuse", Mr Davis.
"It defies logic that we would remove those restraints at a time when data can be collected by the gigabyte, processed in milliseconds and transported around the world almost instantaneously."
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