UK banks to check 70m bank accounts in search for illegal immigrants: from January banks will be enrolled in Theresa May’s plans ... part of Immigration Act 2016 measures to create a hostile environment for illegal migrants.And why not? - you may say. What did you imagine? Joined-up government at last! Yes, it sounds like more an issue for Graun readers to worry about than C@W: and it will most probably fall on deaf ears, like all these flash-in-the-pan exclusives.
However, it jogged a recent memory of something also very much data-trawl related. I recently learned that Ofgem plans a major exercise in "data-matching" to assist with establishing the eligibilty of people for various schemes related to fuel poverty and energy efficiency measures, involving Ofgem getting automated access to everyone's tax and benefits information. This is all possible, apparently, under the Digital Economy Act 2017 - which was rushed through in April of this year just before Parliament dissolved for the Election. "... to make provision about data-sharing ... and for connected purposes".
You may well be straight back into Why Not? / What Did You Imagine? / Joined-up Government mode again. Call me naive if you wish. But I don't think you need to be an outright libertarian to wonder what's going on here. "A number of expert witnesses to the Digital Economy Bill Committee expressed concerns about the bill", says wiki - them, plus the usual suspects: the 'Open Rights Group', 'Big Brother Watch' et al.
The fact that they're the perennial awkward squad doesn't always mean they are wrong. With the two stories above in mind, someone who has a bit of spare time might want to have a look at the detail of that Act again with a sceptical eye. We know local authorities use anti-terror legislation to hunt down people suspected of mis-using wheelie-bins etc etc. Do any of us trust Mrs May's instincts?
Or Mr McDonnell's?