Cabinet office minister gives hope to Guardian's data campaign

The Guardian’s campaign to make public bodies open up their data to the public received a boost this week when junior cabinet minister Tom Watson signalled his support.

Watson said the main demand of the paper’s Free Our Data campaign, that public body data should be released so people can re-use and scrutinise them, should happen “without a shadow of doubt”.

Watson is the man in charge of modernising Britain’s public service IT systems and said that his “instinct” was to favour disclosure as long as it didn’t affect people’s work.

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