HS2 chiefs planned to snoop into the sex lives, mental health and political views of opponents of the controversial project
- Company document shows rail bosses had power to gather sensitive data
- HS2 could also access information on religious beliefs and criminal record
- Data gathered on staff and suppliers, as well as anyone who complained
- Company could contact utility companies, credit agencies and doctors
- HS2 has now withdrawn its Privacy Notice and issued a statement
- Government’s high speed rail project has been criticised over huge cost
- Last week, ministers unveiled plans for the northern section of HS2 project
Rail bosses had the power to gather sensitive data about the sex lives, mental health and political views of anyone who complained about the HS2 project.
A document, exposed by Sunday Express and seen by MailOnline, details what they could access and where they could get the information from, as well as the reason for doing so – including: ‘To make Britain proud of HS2 by being proud of what HS2 does for Britain.’
HS2 is a Government plan to build a new high-speed rail network linking London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, but it has drawn criticism over the cost of the project – thought to be more than £42billion for the track and £8bn for the rolling stock) – as well as from communities who face losing their homes.