A familiar tune

March 23, 2009

A predictable response to the Rowntree ‘Database State’ report:

But the government says the report contains “no substantive evidence” on which to base its conclusions.

As we’ve observed in the past, this is pretty standard stuff. Some of you may remember the exchange on the letters page of the Daily Telegraph when FIPR brought out the Children’s Databases report 18 months ago. The Minister for Children said that our research was flawed and this was our reply.

We’re in good company: the Audit Commission didn’t half catch it when it dared to suggest that the ‘Every Child Matters’ reforms weren’t working.


The Database State report

March 22, 2009

We’ve just been given the go-ahead to reveal the location of the Rowntree ‘Database State’ report.

It’s here.


New ARCH website URL

March 10, 2009

NB the ARCH website has a new URL: http://www.archrights.org.uk/

We won’t be updating the old site any more, and just as soon as we can actually get into it (the problem that has led to our move) we will put a re-direct on it.


Children’s consent to information sharing

March 2, 2009

We have finally published the results of our research into children’s capacity to consent to information sharing.

The full report ‘Protecting the Virtual Child – the law and children’s consent to sharing personal data‘ can be downloaded from our website.


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