This week it was revealed that gambling firms gained access to an educational database in the UK, which provided records of 28 million children to the companies.
The companies accessed the Learning Records Service database by using firm GB Group. The company used its relationship with Trustopia to get access to the information and then provided the data to their casino clients. Those casino companies then took information and ran it through their customer databases to weed out underage players. It's believed that the database included names, addresses, and ages of school-age children within the country.
The accessing of the data by Trustopia broke the agreement that they had with the UK Department of Education, and the department has cut all ties with the company.
Security analyst Javvad Malik was stunned at the leak, noting: "This is perhaps the largest government data breach and will have far-reaching consequences for many years to come as betting companies and intermediaries have gained access to schoolchildren's data which they hope to be able to monetize in order to attract future generations to gambling.
"This is not just a security breach, but a breach of trust, where there is an expectation of fair, lawful and transparent uses of the data by everyone who has access to it - which in this case has not happened," said Malik. "In all of this, the responsibility sits squarely with the Department on Education, which has collected vast amounts of children's data for nearly a decade with apparently little oversight."