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Tamper-proof CVs?

Three little words that send shivers down your spine: government IT project...

All 14-year-old children in England will have their personal details and exam results placed on an electronic database for life under a plan to be announced tomorrow... Officials said last night that the introduction of the unique learner number (ULN)was not a step towards a national identity card...The new database — which will store a “tamper-proof CV” — will be known as MIAP (managing Information Across Partners). To be registered on the new database every 14-year-old will be issued with a unique learner number. Unlike the current unique pupil number now given to children in school but destroyed when they leave, the ULN will be used by government agencies to track individuals until they retire. Ultimately, it will create a numbered database for every citizen aged 14-plus in the UK.

OK, it's from the Times so it may not be accurate but I just love the idea of a tamper-proof CV - and the way it will shut down most of the more venal recruitment consultants... I don't think I need to say why the database itself is a bad idea, not to mention unnecessary as everyone posts all those details on FaceBook anyway...


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13th Feb, 2008 17:08 (UTC)
It'll stop people claiming to have passed exams they haven't, or to have been to school later than they actually were. But of course, no-one discriminates on grounds of age, at all...

(One way round that is to go back and do another degree: the same agency eejits who automatically discriminate on age grounds tend to think that a recent degree means you're in your twenties!)
13th Feb, 2008 17:13 (UTC)
I haven't hugged you in ages!
13th Feb, 2008 17:12 (UTC)
yes, the notion that school exams are meaningful qualifications is also quite funny ;-)

tamper-proof; the headmaster won't be able to update it, I expect the kids will be able to get in and change everything...
13th Feb, 2008 17:52 (UTC)
Old joke
Computer Studies Honours Exam
  1. Your results will be stored on a machine on the campus secure network. Find them, and award yourself an appropriate mark.
13th Feb, 2008 23:37 (UTC)
We've had NSI (National Student Index) numbers for years in New Zealand, with no known issues regarding identity theft or the like.

The only real problems we've had regard getting exam scripts back to the right owner, but that kind of numptyism doesn't necessarily rely on a database.
14th Feb, 2008 21:54 (UTC)
yeah, but how many times in the last 3 months has your government lost other databases of citizen information? We have NI numbers and they might be the only things they haven't lost and they're planning to link up databases and sell the details to marketers. We regard it as the UK's biggest honeypot and a disaster in the making...
14th Feb, 2008 22:07 (UTC)
I was horrified to hear about the tax database loss, and I really do think your gov't is going about the whole National ID thing in exactly the wrong way (starting with wanting one, and going on from there).

We're extremely lucky in that regard, I think.
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