Monday, September 04, 2006

Data NOT Safe in their Hands

This week's Spectator (full article under subscription, but well worth a read) expands upon just one of the dangers of the database culture. Private detectives are, it seems, already onto a nice little earner, selling stolen confidential information from such places as the DVLA and the Police National Computer to anyone willing to pay. Information is apparently fairly easily acquired through blagging and the bribing of corrupt officials. The penalties for getting caught are not considerable.

This is London carries another story about corrupt officials doing it for themselves.

"Home Affairs spokesman Mark Hunter said: 'These revelations show it is folly to put all the precious personal data of our citizens in one place.' "

Given the above, the children's database seems to carry potentially terrifying implications for families at risk from abusive partners or the like.

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