04 June 2007

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Openness

How's this for a stunning demonstration that the UK Government has something to hide on ID cards?

Treasury officials are ordering the immediate destruction of "Gateway" internal reports into risky government IT schemes to prevent information on the projects being leaked.


The order for the destruction of final reports will fuel suspicion that they identify fundamental flaws in some major government IT-based projects.

The paper also tells civil servants they must securely dispose immediately after delivery of the final Gateway report “all supporting documents”.

The Information Commissioner ruled last year that early Gateway reviews on ID cards should be published, arguing that it should be public knowledge whether the programme was feasible and being well managed. The OGC appealed – and lost. It is now to fund a third appeal hearing, this time to the High Court.

Openness? We don't need no stinkin' openness.

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