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All 14-year-old children in England will have their personal details and exam results
placed on an electronic database for life. Colleges and prospective employers will
be able to access students’ records online to check on their qualifications. Under
the terms of the scheme all children will keep their individual number throughout
their adult lives, The Times has learnt. The database will include details of exclusions
and expulsions. Officials said that the introduction of the unique learner number
(ULN) was not a step towards a national identity card. But it will be seen as the
latest step in the Government’s broader efforts to computerise personal records.
The new database — which will store a “tamper-proof CV” — will be known as MIAP (managing
Information Across Partners). To be registered on the new database every 14-year-old
will be issued with a unique learner number. Unlike the current unique pupil number
now given to children in school but destroyed when they leave, the ULN will be used
by government agencies to track individuals until they retire. Ultimately, it will
create a numbered database for every citizen aged 14-plus in the UK.
The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of peoples physical characteristics,
all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.
But its an issue that raises major privacy concerns -- what one civil liberties expert
says should concern all Americans. The bureau is expected to announce in coming days
the awarding of a $1 billion, 10-year contract to help create the database that will
compile an array of biometric information -- from palm prints to eye scans. Kimberly
Del Greco, the FBI’s Biometric Services section chief, said adding to the database
is important to protect the borders to keep the terrorists out, protect our citizens,
our neighbours, our children so they can have good jobs, and have a safe country
to live in. But its unnerving to privacy experts. “Its the beginning of the surveillance
society where you can be tracked anywhere, any time and all your movements, and eventually
all your activities will be tracked and noted and correlated, said Barry Steinhardt,
director of the American Civil Liberties Unions Technology and Liberty Project.
Every visitor to the European Union would have to provide fingerprints before being
allowed to enter, under plans unveiled to clamp down on illegal immigration. The
move to record the arrival and departure of non-EU citizens and to store the data
in a single European database is part of a wider overhaul of border security. It
is aimed at the largest single category of illegal migrants: people who remain once
their visa or permit has expired. Franco Frattini, the EU Justice Commissioner, argued
that the existence of the electronic register containing a visitor’s personal details
and final destination would make it possible to identify overstayers. The scheme,
which must be approved by all 27 EU governments before it can come into force in
2013 as proposed, has been criticised by civil rights groups. They fear that it could
lead to a “fortress Europe” mentality against foreigners and to identity theft if
the data were lost or stolen.