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PLANS TO DROP OR CHANGE MAJOR GOVERNMENT IT PROJECTS
Labour: did not answer this question.
Conservatives: would drop the ID cards scheme; would introduce a moratorium on all planned IT procurement projects; would introduce a presumption against any government IT project costing more than £100m.
Liberal Democrats: would scrap ID cards and the ContactPoint database, and end plans to store everyone's email and internet records "without good cause".
Green Party: wants to move from the "monolithic" procurement of proprietary systems towards a "more modular, release-early-and-often open-source approach".
Pirate Party UK: would drop ID cards and limit the scope of the National Identity Register and the DNA database; would give preference to off-the-shelf software over bespoke software.
UKIP: did not answer this question.
BNP: would scrap the National Identity Scheme, the Rural Payments Agency and parts of the Becta Home Access programme.
SNP: opposes the ID card scheme and points out that ID cards will not be required to access devolved services north of the border.
Plaid Cymru: would scrap ID cards and the National Identity Register.
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BALANCE BETWEEN ONLINE PRIVACY AND COMMERCIAL INTERESTS
Labour: insists the Digital Economy Act allows for consultation, full parliamentary scrutiny and a robust appeals process.
Conservatives: welcome the Digital Economy Act; want to educate people about the "wrongs of illegal downloading".
Liberal Democrats: worry about the lack of safeguards in Digital Economy Act regarding technical measures such as account suspension and bandwidth throttling; oppose the act's website-blocking provisions.
Green Party: believes existing policy has favoured commercial interests over citizens' rights; supports online privacy and anonymity in all cases except where national security justifies a breach.
Pirate Party UK: opposes any monitoring of people's internet connections; wants all "secretive surveillance" to be a criminal offence.
UKIP: opposes the Digital Economy Act, based on the way it was hurried through the legislative process in the pre-election 'wash-up'.
BNP: supports copyright law but opposes a crackdown on downloaders — thinks uploaders should be targeted instead.
SNP: wants more collaboration with "global partners" to ensure harmonised laws; favours copyright enforcement but opposes the business secretary being able to amend copyright law without parliamentary scrutiny.
Plaid Cymru: did not answer this question.
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E-HEALTH POLICIES AND CONTRACTING PATIENT DATA OUT TO THIRD PARTIES
Labour: says the NHS could no longer function without the National Programme for IT (NPfIT); promises to cut the costs of the programme.
Conservatives: want patients to have greater control over their records.
Liberal Democrats: did not answer this question.
Green Party: wants patients to have access to own records; supports use of telemedicine; sees contracting-out patient data to third parties as unnecessarily risky.
Pirate Party UK: supports a national NHS database if correctly implemented; supports the contracting-out of data by individual hospitals, as long as it is secure and patients give consent.
UKIP: opposes the NHS Spine on the basis of patient privacy.
BNP: strongly opposes the contracting-out of data to third parties; supports NPfIT but wants a review of it.
SNP: is very keen on the use of e-health in remote and rural areas; opposes the contracting-out of patient data to third parties.
Plaid Cymru: has no specific e-health policy.