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Gov’t Database Would Track 30,000 At-Risk Children

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

October 11, 2012

The New Zealand Herald reports on a government plan to create a database of 30,000 at-risk children to be accessed by health, school and social workers. High-risk adults will be added to the database as well, in an effort to curb child cruelty. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said parents will not be informed whether their child's information is stored in the database, but can make requests for information under the Privacy Act. She added efforts to protect privacy are underway; some teachers would only have partial access, and records on database activity would be maintained.
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