ContactPoint database begins rollout with assurances made on its security

News by Dan Raywood

The first stage of the ContactPoint database has begun in the North West.

The first stage of the ContactPoint database has begun in the North West.

 

The database, which holds the details of every child in England, has been delayed twice amid data security fears.

 

The system will be available to workers in 17 local authorities in the north-west of England, before eventually being rolled out across the rest of the country. The government claims that the intention is to ensure that there are more co-ordinated services for children.

 

Steve Moyle, founder and CTO of Secerno, claimed that while the motivation for centralising the data is strong, keeping the database secure is the greatest challenge.

 

Moyle said: “So, am I saying a centralised database is a good thing? Well, not entirely. Having concentrated the data in one place makes it a powerful tool for good and detecting inappropriate interactions with vulnerable children, it is now a single target for those disturbed individuals that commit such crimes.

Just like at-risk children, highly sensitive databases need to be closely monitored for inappropriate access and activity. Systems and processes need to be established to ensure that only authorised individuals can access the appropriate data and only in ways that are appropriate. Children deserve to be cared for appropriately. So too do databases.”

 

The ContactPoint database has gone through stringent security testing, according to the BBC, as 390,000 people will have access to it and it will contain the details of approximately 11 million young people up to the age of 18.

 

 

 

 

 

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