Strict controls for data-sharing index

Details of children who could be put at risk by being traced will be concealed on the proposed information-sharing index, the government has said.

Lord Adonis, who was putting draft regulations before the House of Lords on data-matching trials for the index, said the measure would be applied to children such as those who were victims of domestic violence.

Baroness Estelle Morris stated that some lords were concerned about who would be able to access the system.

But Adonis said only a “strictly limited” number of authorised staff would have access to the data. It would be kept for no longer than three years and destroyed once the government’s “use for it had ended”, he added. All access to data would be recorded and reviewed regularly for suspicious patterns.

He confirmed the index would only include basic details and not personal or medical records.

Regulations on the operation of the index itself will be laid before parliament later this year.


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