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Access rules needed on youth database

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When it is anyone’s guess where the next leak of personal information will come from, a proposal to collate the data of 1 million Hongkongers under 18 in a new base bears close scrutiny to safeguard privacy. Subject to advice to the government from a consultancy study to be launched soon, the new database may be online as early as 2021. It would pull together child-related statistics from across government agencies. Welfare minister Law Chi-kwong said in principle it would help government and non-government agencies make sound policy and set priorities on family and youth issues. It may also alert authorities to child abuse and poverty.


© South China Morning Post