Betting companies were inappropriately provided access to information sourced from a government database containing the records of 28 million children, reports suggest. The UK’s Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for the database, which contains the details of minors aged 14 and above at schools — both state and private — as well as colleges across the United Kingdom.
The database is intended for training and educational use and the government requires users of the system that have a direct relationship with learners to make sure it is fully understood how their information may be used.
A third-party training provider, Trustopia, allegedly “broke an agreement” with the government and gave access to the Learning Records Service system to GB Group, of which gambling firm clientele were then able to use the data on offer for rapid online identity checks and for age verification purposes.
Gambling firms get data on 28 million children in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and use it to promote gambling. Minister orders urgent enquiry. Surely some parents will sue the Learning Records Centre. 12,000 orgs can use its data on every child pic.twitter.com/eOBMKBh6pk
— Paul Lewis (@paullewismoney) January 19, 2020