twoheadedboy writes "Research from TechWeekEurope has shown how the UK government has lied about fighting the so-called "database state". Back in 2009, the Conservative Party, in the run-up to the election that would see them come to power as part of a Coalition, said they would cut the number of central databases and slim down surveillance. But Freedom of Information requests have shown that not only have database numbers either stayed flat or risen across government departments, abuse of data is rife in certain areas too and some departments run such complex and distributed systems they can't even count how many troves of personal data they have sitting on servers. On top of that, the Tories have essentially rehashed many of the projects of the Labour regime they once derided. From the Communications Data Bill, better known as Snooper's Charter, to a massive database of children's visits to hospitals, the database state looks set to expand, not contract. MPs working in government agree. “It is clear that Conservative ministers have in many cases not learnt from the Labour errors, and, egged on by the Labour party, are pushing for some illiberal policies,” says Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge."