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Child Register Delayed after Disc Blunder

The Children Minister (opens in new tab), Kevin Brennan, announced that security surrounding the Child Register project will be reviewed in details following the HMRC blunder earlier this month.

In a statement, the minister added "Over the past few months we have been considering the substantial stakeholder feedback we have received, and looked at the implications that the proposed changes could have on the system, it is clear from the considerable work we have done so far that we will need more time than originally planned to address the changes to ContactPoint which potential system users suggested".

The database will contain the address, medical and school details of all those under the age of 18 - 11 million children - who live in the United Kingdom and comes after the death of Victoria Climbie which highlighted the lack of communication between various governmental bodies.

The project has been suspended until April 2008 and the review will be carried out by Deloitte.

The Contactpoint database is worth GBP 244m although the final tab is expected to rise and its maintenance will be done at the cost of GBP 40m by Cap Gemeni (opens in new tab).

The database has been criticised several times (opens in new tab) since it has been announced, partly because it will hold a substantial amount of data (including medical records) and will be available to nearly 400,000 civil servants.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.