STATE guardians were collecting 60 to 80 page documents on Scotland’s children and were not policing where the information was being shared.
By SIOBHAN MCFADYEN Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘named person’ spies targeted children all over Scotland
And one of the country’s first official “named persons” with access to big data grabs was disgraced teacher Dayna Dickson-Boath, a convicted sex offender.
She was struck off the teaching register for sex offences relating to children despite having intimate information about 200 pupils she was tasked to work with.
She was convicted last year The Scottish Government was collecting data on all aspects of life that could be accessed not only by teachers but by temporary admin staff and even charities.
And the information they wanted to obtain on kids included everything from medical records to where they used their Government issued ID cards that allowed them to use public transport, say sources.
Dayna Dickson-Boath was a named person and is now a convicted sex offender
The Scottish Government was blasted by Supreme Court judges in their decision which ruled their big data mine on childrenwas “not in accordance with the law.”
The Government was repeatedly quizzed on who was accessing the data but never provided a definitive answer, say critics, or whether they had disclosure criminal checks.
And it’s believed even charity workers had access to records that children’s own parents would struggle to get their hands on.
Nicola Sturgeon with disgraced deputy leader Stewart Hosie
Simon Calvert, who took the case to the Supreme Court, said: “The ruling today has made it clear that the cavalier approach to handling private information about children and families is unlawful.
“And what we have seen while local authorities have been running during pilot schemes that parents finding out after the fact that they have been compiling 60 to 80 page dossiers on family life.
“State officials were under a duty to monitor children’s happiness and compile that data and other agencies and parents found that profoundly unsettling.
“It makes child protection work even harder.
“It was never clear where it was going to be stored or how long it was going to be stored for.
“And one of the things the court made clear is that authorities can’t just hold on to information. There is a growing culture in Government that thinks the more data they have on citizens the better. The ruling has wider implications for data handling. All across the UK people need to read this data to make sure it complies with the law. I suspect there are a lot of places where they are pretty lapse in how they obtain and share confidential data on families.”
The Scottish Government has refused to back down on their scheme and announced this afternoon that they intend to roll out their controversial plan despite the law.
And bizarrely the SNP have even hailed losing the court battle as a victory for the Government.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I welcome the publication of today’s judgment and the fact that the attempt to scrap the named person service has failed.
“The court’s ruling requires us to provide greater clarity about the basis on which health visitors, teachers and other professionals supporting families will share and receive information in their named person role.
“We will start work on this immediately so we can make the necessary legislative amendments. The service will be implemented nationally at the earliest possible date.”
But Mr Calvert said: “They are in denial, the fact is we sued them, we said what we wanted to do was a breach of human rights and they lost.” Source