Posted on November 12, 2012
Why is this necessary!! This is so very sick!!
Published: 12 November, 2012, 19:24
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A newly uncovered clandestine computer network, known as the ‘One
System,’ can reportedly share children’s personal details across
different UK agencies, including age, sex, address and their school
behavior records – all without parents ever knowing.
One of Britain’s biggest government contractors has created a
database containing the personal details of 8 million children, the
Sunday Times revealed.
The database was created by Capita – a company specializing in IT
systems – and includes information on a child’s sex, age, exam results,
if they have special needs, bad behavior like absenteeism and how many
minutes late they are to lessons.
This information can then be shared with numerous agencies, including
the police, the NHS and child protection units and charities, all
without parental consent.
Teachers collect data on all children, not just ones deemed to be at
risk. This includes recording how many minutes late they are for class.
“While information is absolutely essential to protect children,
you need to collect information about children who are at risk and not
every child,” Nick Pickles from privacy advocate group Big Brother Watch told RT.
The One System is already employed by about 100 local authorities,
and was created two years after Contact Point – a similar database which
was set up by the then-Labour government, but scrapped by the current
coalition because of security concerns.
Documents obtained by the Sunday Times revealed that classroom
information is gathered by teachers and submitted to the One System up
to six times a day to provide a “golden thread of data” that can be accessed by anyone working with children.
In an Orwellian twist, the firm hires photographers to take pictures
of schoolchildren, which they then offer for sale to their parents
before uploading them onto the database.
“The only reason they’ve designed this is about profit, it’s not about keeping children safe,” Pickles said.
Capita has been providing school management databases for local
councils, called ‘Sims,’ for several years. Those councils can now
upload data from Sims onto the One Database. The records, if required,
could be integrated into a larger centralized database.
In Swindon, a large town in southern England, records on 48,000
pupils are stored on the Capita One database and have been shared with
health officials at local NHS hospitals, and with teams that work with
Capita children’s services, which designed the system, told the
Sunday Times that it could be used to identify vulnerable children who
may need support from social workers.
Pickles disagrees: “Child protection can not be delegated to an
algorithm without local or individual knowledge of that child. Databases
and computers remove human judgment.”
Pickles argued that one of the main problems with the One System is
that it’s not a centralized government system, and is therefore
inconsistent across schools.
This compartmentalization also makes it harder to share information
effectively and quickly. In the past, children were not necessarily
endangered by a lack of information, but by professionals whose job it
is to protect them not sharing information that already exists. This is
allegedly what happened in the 2002 Soham murders, where 13-year-old
Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were killed by Ian Huntley, their
Pickles also expressed concern that data, once on a database, “may be lost, stolen or misused.”
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