Census 2011 – who’s collecting your data Grandma?!

How to make sure Lockheed Martin don’t profit from YOUR census form:
Peace News

Lockheed Martin are the world’s second-largest weapons manufacturer;
they make ‘Trident’ nuclear missiles, and own a one third share of Britain’s
Aldermaston atomic weapons facility.
Currently, the greatest area of growth for Lockheed Martin is in ‘Intelligence
and Surveillance’, and as part of this work the company have been moving
into data collection.

Lockheed Martin – gigantic, corporate, wide reaching – American arms manufacturer and ‘data collection specialists’ will be taking your personal information and keeping it – for what purpose???!

They have been paid approximately £150 million by the government (Labour awarded the contract, the Con-Dem’s are sticking with it) in this time of massive cuts – if it has to be done at all then why couldn’t it go to a British company?

Apparently the Suffragette’s used to hold mass tea parties so they were all out when the census collector called – not the same if you’re filling it out online is it really? What a cul-de-sac we have wandered into with the internet.

So can ayone tell me what my religious beliefs, marital status or employment status have to do with either Lockheed Martin, or the Office of National Statistics? How does that information help plan services for the future exactly? This whole exercise is far more about trying to catch out benefit claimants, ethnic minorities, immigrants and giving information to marketing people so they can sell us more of their consumer clap-trap!

There is a question about disability – but it is so generic and non-specific as to give no meaningful information to help plan services of any description at all!

Smoke, mirrors and marketing speak – the Census 2011 looks like it has it all!

You can read more/take action at these sites:
Stop The War Coalition
Count Me Out


6 Comments to “Census 2011 – who’s collecting your data Grandma?!”

  1. “What a cul-de-sac we have wandered into with the internet.”

    At least we can take comfort in the fact that all UK Internet Service Providers operate in a distinct “profit before service” manner which ensures the lowest possible quality equipment to maximise profits, and also ensures that random (and sometimes conveniently-timed!) connection failures are very common.

    For some reason, my connection in particular keeps failing when I try to fill in my census online…
    Oh well, just have to use the form then 😉

  2. The flaw with this being, Lockheed Martin do not process the forms. All they did was create the tracking system. Their job is done, dusted, and paid for. Lockheed Martin do not and will not see your completed forms. hey go to the ONS in Manchester for processing! By creating more work, you are making the census more expensive overall, and where do you suppose the money comes from to pay for this? Personally I prefer to take the ten mins it takes to fill it in, post it back, and never be bothered by it again… at least not for a decade.

    I must laugh at this idea to deliberately make the paper un-scannable by the software. Many people have a problem with the fact that their personal information is being recorded. Besides the obvious point that all this info and much much more is readily available to the government if they really wanted it, by writing badly and forcing a human to manually type in your details, well then your details will be seen. If you write legibly and allow the software to do its job, no one need see your personal details at all.

    Oh and on another note, if only for example 80% of people in your district return the forms, the local council, schooling, healthservice, libraries and all other public sector services, will only receive 80% of the funding they are entitled to… so if you failed to return your form, think twice before you complain about the state of your roads or the closure of your local library!

    Lastly, a friend of mine is working for the census this year, and her fear is that people will be rude and aggresive towards her when she makes calls to collect their forms. If you do happen to be contacted by Census workers, do remember they work for the ONS, not Lockheed, nor the government, so be civil!

  3. hello Ker, alias Getagrip, alias .(etc). Here we meet again. Who is paying you? Please tell the PR firm you are working for that they should get a bit more sophisticated. This is no fun … too easy.

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