The political parties have made their manifesto pledges in the run-up to the General Election. Some say manifesto pledges are there to be broken. Nevertheless, they’re a good indication of the way a party is going to go if they win power.
For Labour, they will further change intellectual property law if they win, and they will create a few tax incentives for niche areas such as video game publishers. They would also look to use monitoring and surveillance technology including CCTV and the national citizens database and ID card scheme.
As for the Conservatives, they are committed to making efficiency savings in the public sector, such as stopping the ID card scheme. Crucially for anyone working with the public sector, they are looking to renegotiate large contracts and introduce more oversight and accountability into the public procurement process. They also want to increase the powers of the Information Commissioner’s Office to deal with public authorities that misuse people’s personal data.