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Fury at cops' use of data about kids; CRIMINALS.

A DATABASE created to protect every child in the UK was slammed last night for also being available to police to trawl for evidence of crime.

ContactPoint, a pounds 224million computer system, was devised after the death of Victoria Climbie when authorities failed to protect her.

It will include details of all 11 million under-18s and was intended to provide greater care for children - but it can also be used to search for evidence of criminality.

Baroness Miller, Lib Dem spokeswoman in the Lords, angrily said: "This is truly the definition of a police state."

A Government spokesman said: "The purpose of Contact-Point is not crime detection ...police would have to make a special request directly to the secretary of state."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2008
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