Population Registers and Privacy in Britain, 1936—1984

Authors: Manton, Kevin

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  • Surveys the various attitudes and debates on centralised registration from the wartime population register to the 1984 Data Protection Act
  • Examines the context in which Margaret Thatcher’s government passed the 1984 Data Protection Act
  • Explores how the issues discussed in this period leading up to the Data Protection Act are still relevant to current debates on personal data
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This book examines the fraught political relationship between British governments, which wanted information about peoples’ lives, and the people who desired privacy. To do this it looks at something that Britain only experienced in wartime, a centralized and up-to-date list of everyone in the country: a population register. The abolition of this wartime system is contrasted with later attempts to reintroduce registration, and the change in the political mind-set driving these later schemes to develop centralised webs of so-called objective data is examined. These policies were confronted by privacy campaigns, studied here, but it is shown how government responses succeeded in turning political debates about data into technical discussions about computerization; thus protecting its data, largely on paper, from oversight. This reformulation also shaped the 1984 Data Protection Act, which consequently did not protect privacy but rather increased government’s ability to gain knowledge of, and hence power over, the people.

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Kevin Manton teaches History and Politics at both the School of Oriental and African Studies and Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of numerous articles on British history. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Population Registers and Privacy in Britain, 1936—1984
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02753-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02753-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02752-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 232
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