Civil liberties groups hailed a landmark Appeal Court ruling today that the law requiring people to disclose all previous convictions to certain employers is a breach of human rights.
Campaigners had called for urgent reform of blanket provisions in the Criminal Records Bureau system which mean employees must disclose all convictions and cautions whether or not they are relevant to the job.
today's ruling came in the case of "T," a 21-year-old man who received warnings from Manchester police when he was 11 years old in connection with two stolen bikes.
The panel found the provisions were incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said the government must devise a "proportionate" scheme and refused permission to appeal.