A new report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation claims that of all the the UK's public information databases, over a quarter are in breach of European data protection and privacy laws. Furthermore, of those affected by these issues, children are among those most at risk.

The full text of Database State is online now; section 2.2 outlines the services where children and their families' privacy may need to be reconsidered. This Guardian article discusses some of the issues involved.


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