The Commons Amendemts to the Children Bill are due to be debated in the House of Lords on Wednesday.
As we have pointed out previously, the controversial Section 12 Information databases (and the similar Section 29 Information databases: Wales) clauses in the Children Bill seem unlikely to be amended before the Bill becomes law, as the tabled amendments deal with matters such as the powers of the Children;'s Commissioner and with "smacking".
We are sliding towards "Big Nanny database surveillance"
of the 11 million or so children and all of their parents continues, without any proper checks and balances specifically in the wording of the Bill.
Why do we let the bureaucrats get away with such red tape and intrusive snooping ?
Why are they destroying the duty of confidentiality of medical and legal advisors to their vulnerable child clients ?
"11) Regulations under subsection (5) may also provide that anything which may be done under regulations under subsection (6)(c) to (e) or (9) may be done notwithstanding any rule of common law which prohibits or restricts the disclosure of information"
This must have a chilling effect on those vulnerable people who would otherwise seek advice and help with their drug or domestic violence or child abuse or teen pregnancy problems, but who will be inhibited from doing so, because all the details of their confidential consultations will be blabbed and shared with an unknown number of people and organisations "notwithstanding any rule of common law which prohibits or restricts the disclosure of information"