Is The Contactpoint Database Fit For Purpose?

A Telegraph investigation has revealed that the UK government's ContactPoint database has allegedly witnessed security breaches even before it has been officially launched.

The controversial database was proposed following the murder of Victoria Climbie in 2000 and has been designed with an intention of safeguarding vulnerable children.

The Telegraph reported that three of the 20 pilot sites located in London, Surrey and Staffordshire have experienced several security breaches, one of them happened when 2 staff members of the London City Council lost details of children which were merely stored in an envelope.

ContactPoint Database is designed to hold details of 11 million children currently residing in the UK, including names, ages and addresses.

The newspaper also found out, under the Right of Information act, that the government had received 50,000 requests from people, asking it to remove the details of their children from the database.

Ever since the database was proposed in the House of Commons, the Liberal Democrats and Conservative politicians have been protesting against the scheme and have announced that if they come into power, they would surely scrap the controversial scheme.

Defending the scheme, a government spokesperson said that "None of these incidents led to data in ContactPoint being compromised, none involved any data being printed or downloaded from ContactPoint".

Our Comments

The Telegraph report raises some serious questions about the integrity and pertinence of the Contactpoint database. Like the NHS IT project, it has some very valid points to back it but runs into serious issues when it comes to the implementation bit.

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