I say the British Government has a right to defend itself!
Why shouldn’t the British government use credit rating tools to protect itself (and we, the taxpayers) from benefit fraudsters? Yesterday, David Cameron was having to defend the right of government departments to use credit rating agencies in order to identify potential fraudulent benefit claims. Although my own credit agency Graydon specialises in undertaking credit checks on businesses , it is of course well aware of the work undertaken by the consumer checking agencies Experian, Equifax and Callcredit to protect commercial businesses from individuals trying to take them for a ride. So I ask the question, why can’t the government take the same steps to cut the cost of benefits fraud that apparently is worth billions a year to the British taxpayer? The information and systems are there to either stop these criminals in their tracks, or at least worry them into thinking they might get caught more easily. So long as the Government and the credit agencies they use stay within the laws relating to Data Protection etc, I don’t see anything against the idea. Besides Liberty,does anyone else have a problem with this new Government initiative?