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Tynwald to explore consolidating citizen data

Govt currently keeps over 200 databases on residents

A feasibility study is to be carried out to assess whether the number of records held by public bodies on Island residents should be reduced.

There are currently around 60 main databases containing personal information which are used in 200 separate systems across government.

Now government will investigate the benefits or otherwise of creating a single record on each taxpayer.

The move, unanimously approved by Tynwald, could streamline the way members of the public interact with government, Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas told colleagues.

The Cabinet Office has 12 months to carry out the study and report back to Tynwald.

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