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Citizen Information Project
Scope and purpose
The register would be used as a single reference point for government contact, the exchange of personal contact data, and for the collection of statistics reducing duplication in government departments and agencies. Government databases would be linked together using National Insurance or other personal numbers.
A report on preliminary testing is due in April 2005, with an expected implementation date by the end of 2007 if approval is given by Government. Initial estimates in 2004 suggested that the costs may amount to 1.2 to 2.4 billion pounds (240 million annually for a period of 5 to 10 years).
The plans for the Citizen Information Project, along with the National Identity Register, the proposed National Child Database, and the NHS National Programme for IT project, have lead the Government's own Information Commissioner to state that the country risks sleepwalking into a surveillance society .
The Citizen Information Project won the Office for National Statistics the 2004 Big Brother Award for the "Most Heinous Government Organisation" from the campaigning organisation Privacy International.
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