Child Index Shortly To Fall Prey To Hackers
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) declared on behalf of nearly 1,300 private schools, that the supposed Children's Index unable to conform to the global data safety standards and prerequisites might be sold-out to pedophiles.
The statement, presented in the ISC's reply to a government reference, is an additional setback to Tony Blair's blueprint for a £244 million worth database. The Parliament Information Commissioner has alleged it would challenge parental control.
The index, scheduled to be ready in a couple of years, will preserve health and growth related data about all kids.
As per ISC, the plans would "definitely help a few kids, but would imperil an even larger number".
Government's plans to start a nationwide edition of the database have been criticized for exposing classified data for abuse by cyber-terrorists - blatantly disregarding family beliefs and confidentiality.
The latest study by the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) also cautioned that this contentious government database designed to register every aspect of UK kid's existence could, in fact, put children at a greater risk.
The chairman of FIPR, Ross Anderson stated that the plans will be expensive, detrimental and will ultimately backfire. " By requesting welfare workers to check out the interests of innumerable kids without the need of any particular backing, you are sure to prevent the child protection instances from being highlighted, thereby causing damage to some of them," alleged Anderson.
Anderson averred that it is right to break rules of confidentiality especially in instances where kids are exposed; however, the Government's creation of a listing for the youngsters hazarded flouting of data security rules devoid of any valid grounds.
The thought of above 400,000 officials having unhindered access to the database arouses confidentiality concerns amongst senior academicians.
The FIPR report cautions that the system will remove resources from regular childcare and create one filled to the capacity with data. It also spotlights important data security matters depending on data usage, playing up the main protective areas.
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