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The following article by William Heath appeared in the new Demos book The long view - new ideas for progressive policy.

The UK government has made good progress in how it handles public data such as facts about public finances and statistics. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of its handling of personal data and identity management.

On public data, the Power of Information review made the powerful case that public data should, by default, be free. The economic benefit from using the data for potential new services far outweighs any benefit from selling such information — and…