UK Liberty

ContactPoint

Posted in database state by ukliberty on August 29, 2007

Several media outlets have picked up on the Times article about ContactPoint, the database that will record the details of every one of the millions of children in the UK,  raising concerns about its safety, as social workers “fear that the database, containing the address, medical and school details of all under-18s, could be used to harm the children whom it is intended to protect”.

Look, only 330,000 people will have access to the database, from doctors, youth offenders, and social workers, to fire and rescue staff and so on, and if it saves the life of just one child, it will be worth it, won’t it?  Even if there will be no ability to control access.

And the issues raised by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (for example) can be worked out.  Don’t worry about it.

And let’s face it, paedophiles and other criminals are only going to be interested in the children of important people, who can make use of an exemption to keep their details off the database, so really there is nothing to be concerned about.

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