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The UK government has a woeful track record of introducing and passing Bills which disrespect the freedom of the people and the integrity of the sovereignty of the people.

But the train of new Bills has more carriages than we thought.

Next up - an attack on the (already cumbersome) Data Protection rules (GDPR) - now to be replaced by the UK Data Reform Bill.

"Under these proposals Government will grant itself regulatory powers to rewrite the law, and compel private businesses to share personal data they hold about you with the State and law enforcement authorities"

ORG Open Rights Group have had a look at these proposals and found them to be just as shoddy in terms of protecting the rights of the people as we have now come to expect.

"Open Rights Group took part in the consultation process, emphasising how the proposals in 'Data a new direction' would have significantly undermined legal standards, disempowered individuals, and removed effective remedies and oversight against abuses"

"Regulatory powers to rewrite the law" are simply an attack on our constitutional settlement whereby Parliament makes the laws and government ministers implement them. They drive a coach and horses through the principle of separation of powers and effectively leave the citizen at the mercy of arbitrary government by the whim of ministers.

(Note 1: I have no knowledge about the Open Rights Group other than the information posted on Companies House and on www.openrightsgroup.org. The word "Open" being reminiscent of the Open Society Foundation, I note that the published accounts for 2020/21 each include a grant from the "Open Society Foundations" of the order of £90,000, in each case being the significantly largest individual grant source noted in the accounts for that year.

Note 2: They have 13 paid staff, 10 unpaid directors, an unpaid Advisory Council, and - since 2018 - zero 'Persons with significant control'

Whilst some may be wary of the links to the Open Society Foundations, the control changes that took place in/around 2018 are noted)