Update on the tax data sell off scandal
MAY 14TH, 2014 BY INDIA THOROGOOD
A few hours ago, 38 Degrees members gathered outside HMRC’s headquarters in London to give them our huge 237,888 signature-strong petition. We handed in alongside campaigning organisations SumofUs and the Open Rights Group – together, we represented over 300,000 people who’re against the selling or sharing of our tax data.
Here’s some pictures of the hand-in:
HMRC officials promised a statement soon – but really, words aren’t enough. It isn’t just HMRC considering selling off our data. There’s a worrying trend across lots of government departments. Just a few months ago, 38 Degrees members had to act fast to pause NHS England’s plan to sell our medical records to private companies. And right now, school test and exam results are already available to those willing to pay for them.