Sweeping Government Data Audit will Touch Every Corner of Public Realm

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A public information notice published by the Crown Commercial Service reveals plans for an unprecedented audit and digitisation of public datasets, across “all UK public sector bodies” — spanning scanning, storing, and shredding.

This appears to include a major drive to digitalise medical data — applicants will need to prove that they can securely and compliantly handle the “storage, retrieval and transportation of patient records”, the September 8 notice suggests.

The government data audit plans come as ministers published a sweeping new National Data Strategy, which pledges a radical new approach to public data — including

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