Aug 102009
 August 10, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

ContactPoint, the children’s database containing details on 11 million children in the UK, needs tighter security experts have said.

Holding the details of all children creates a “security headache”, according to security provider Overtis solutions. The company said the government should only hold the details of children who have been involved with social services.

The launch of the database has already been delayed three times because of concerns over the privacy of 55,000 children whose whereabouts need to be kept secret.

ContactPoint will be accessible by 390,000 users which makes the system “highly vulnerable” because of its large number of end points. There is also no clear managing process for when these users leave their jobs or get downgraded access, and Overtis said targeted malware is a “very real concern”.

Read more in Computer Weekly.

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