I find this very ironic. The Ministry of Justice has just sent me an invitation to a press briefing with Information Commissioner Richard Thomas on Thursday. Thomas will be discussing the results of a report he wrote with Mark Walport about how information is dealt with in the private and public sectors, especially how government data sharing policy should be implemented in line with the data protection act.
The funny thing is, on the email invitation, the Ministry of Justice neglected to use the blind carbon copy function. As a result, I now have a full list of email addresses for the hacks who were invited. These include journalists from the Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Spectator, the Economist, the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Express, the Sun, and various trade press colleagues. On most publications several journalists have been invited.
Ah, that list would be a hack-spammer's paradise. Way to go, MoJ - yet more proof that we can trust the government to look after our personal details.