The Tories say they’ll scrap ContactPoint if when they win the next election:
A flagship database of every child living in England, which is due to be launched by the government next year, will be shutdown by a Conservative government.
The £224 million ContactPoint database, which has been delayed twice because of security issues, will include the names, ages and addresses of all 11 million under 18s and detailed information on their parents, GPs, and schools.
(Incidently, that’s not true. Children whose parents are MPs won’t go on ContactPoint. It seems that our lords and masters have quietly decided for themselves just how secure it will be.)
The Conservatives fear that the database, which will be accessed by 330,000 people working in education, health, social care, youth justice, and the voluntary sector will be exploited by paedophiles. They also believe that there is a real danger of sensitive data being mislaid or lost.
Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary, told the Daily Telegraph: “We are taking this action because we are determined to protect vulnerable children from abuse. ContactPoint would increase that risk. The government has proved that it cannot be trusted to set up large databases and cannot promise that inappropriate people would be able to access the database.”
Something to tell people when they say the Tories will be worse than Labour.
(via The ARCH Blog).