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A giant database of people's personal details could be created at Whitehall under government plans which ministers say will help improve public services.
Tony Blair is expected to unveil the proposal in Downing Street on Monday.
So-called "citizens panels" will gauge public reaction to relaxing privacy procedures so people do not have to repeat personal information to different public bodies - particularly at times of stress such as a family death.
Step by step, the government is logging details of every man, woman and child in 'Big Brother' computers
Officials think current rules are an obstacle to improving public services.
But such data-sharing is controversial. As well as criticism from the Conservatives, the information commissioner - the data watchdog - has warned Britain may be "sleepwalking into a surveillance society".
The idea of allowing different Whitehall departments to access centrally-held data emerged during the government's policy review of public services.
The review team, headed by Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton, has concluded that it is difficult for services to be as flexible and light-footed as people want because of rules on data.
Oh it is to help families in times of stress, to make the government "light-footed", and "citizen's panels" will review the proposals, how could you be so heartless to be cynical and oppose the idea...