This report from March 2006 gives an interesting insight to UK’s approach to child safety. What is evident is that the collection of personal and often sensitive information on children is widespread, and all done in the name of ‘child safety/well-being’. This information is being collected and linked into one master children’s database.
You need to read this report (Children’s Databases – safety and privacy) and take a visit to the website Action Rights for Children (ARCH) in order to fully appreciate what this means. You then need to link this up with the surge on the use of surveillance and tracking technologies in the UK to start becoming just a little bit concerned…… or at least i would be if I lived there!