European Data Protection Digest

Advocacy Group Warns YOTs

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—UK

October 1, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is in discussions with the Youth Justice Board (YJB) over how to handle concerns that Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are collecting too much personal data on youth offenders, which could possibly lead to the identification of children, reports CYP Now. Children's rights group Action on Rights for Children (ARCH) first brought concerns about the database to the ICO last year after the YJB introduced a new system that collects more personal data than the one previously used. ARCH recently sent letters to all YOTs, calling on them remove personal data from future uploads and asking the YJB to remove the personal information from the system. The group is threatening legal action if YOTs don't comply.
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