Dr Geoff Meadan, a former university lecturer and Green Party candidate for Canterbury wrote an article for Scientists for Global Responsibility looking into how secure our census data really will be given that Lockheed Martin have been contracted to help with the data collection and processing.
A committed pacifist, Geoff has since written a detailed letter to the Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) outlining why he is refusing to comply with the census. In this letter he addresses issues such as Lockheed Martin’s dealings in surveillance and intelligence gathering; allegations made against Lockheed Martin UK’s parent company of corruption, fraud, bribery, environmental damage and discrimination and further concerns over data security.
If you are thinking of writing to the ONS about your concerns regarding the census, whether or not you are boycotting it, Geoff’s letter may provide you with some useful information and issues to address.
You can download the full letter here.