.../... in this country the government are using it to protect us.
Having been injured in a terrorist bombing in Manchester, I believe that the government should do all they can to protect us.
They may be. Currently. Things change, however, and noone is able to guarantee that the data will not still be there for someone else, with a different perspective and another aim and purpose to (mis)use.
We could burn our letters but our e-mail is stored on multiple servers for a multitude of purposes never to be revoked or deleted.
We could pay cash for a multitude of things not long ago, now that's hardly possible anymore - so most all transactions are recorded somewhere and saved for some dity of your choice knows how long.
My blood tests are recorded electronically. But how secure is my GP's home office? Where is my data stored? To whom is it made available? Who can access it even though they have not been granted access officially?
I've done nothing to be ashamed of. To Dutch current standards. But if the standards change, will my data get me condemned?
I've done nothing wrong. To today's standards. Tomorrow will be different. And what will my blood tests tell?
I'm a law-abiding citizen - to today's laws. Nothing to tell me that they won't have changed by tomorrow.
Data that makes you feel safe today will make you distrustful tomorrow and may well cause your arrest a few days later.
Government is not protecting you by collecting data about stuff they have nothing to do with and keeping it somewhere unsafe for eternity. It's giving you a false sense of security.
I do hope your injury does not have too much of an impact on your day-to-day life. In whatever way it was incurred.