Whilst Monday's Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust's report, "Database State", has led to the suspension of the DfES's Contact Point project, EURIM's Philip Virgo has published an interesting and informative article on Governance Frameworks for Identity Management.

Whilst I can certainly appreciate the concerns about excessive intrusion into citizens' lives, and am against both "control freakery" and the "Nanny State", I believe that, in modern Society, the regulated collection of some personal data to enable public service improvement and combat fraud is necessary.

There is already too much indiscriminate, and unregulated data collection in all sectors, so effective regulation is the key.

Socitm has consistently lobbied for pan-Government Vision shaping cohesive strategy on Security and Information Assurance that will enable appropriate role-based access to information, with identity management and authentication services at its heart.

Perhaps the missing regulatory component is the licensing of public sector databases through the Information Commissioner's office?