The BBC report that a giant database of people's personal details could be created at Whitehall under government plans aimed at improving public services.
I'm finding it hard to summon up any enthusiasm for such a project; read on...
Last year the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) claimed relaxing rules on data-sharing would help tackle ID fraud and would also identify those "in need".
But Shadow Constitutional Affairs Secretary Oliver Heald said: "Step by step, the government is logging details of every man, woman and child in 'Big Brother' computers."
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "The chances of it actually solving crimes is pretty small.
"The chances of it costing over £20bn is very high. It will be a white elephant."
Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, who is charged with ensuring the state does not collect too much information about citizens, has also been critical of data-sharing and already expressed concern at the Citizens' Information Project.
That is a plan by the Office for National Statistics to create a population database for use by public services.
"There are reasons why we need to promote better information," Mr Thomas said, "but whether the right answer is to create a database should be questioned."