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Letters are being sent to seven million families telling them the lost discs with their bank details on are "likely to still be on government property".
Police are continuing to search for the discs full of personal details which were lost by HM Revenue and Customs.
The revenue says investigations suggest the discs, with 25 million people's files on, are not in criminal hands.
Originally posted by timeless test
There is nothing which is necessarily contrary to procedures in passing information to the National Audit Office even if they get more than they strictly require, the element of this fiasco which is worthy of criticism is the method by which the data was transferred and in the absence of any other information that does appear to have been the responsibility of the unnamed junior official.
What I find surprising and disingenuous is the sudden fervour which the Tories are displaying for NOT attempting to save public money.
Originally posted by welivefortheson
[the information you are referring to is protected under the data protection act,no junior official of 23 should have to capacity to download it in its entirety.
if the original request for information was followed,only the national insurance numbers and date of births would have been lost.
huge public data bases are routinely sent through the post on cds.because its cheap,is that right!???.
Originally posted by shanti23
Problem -> confidential data is easy to lose, criminals and terrorists will use this stolen data against you.
Solution -> implement draconian ID card scheme coupled to a national/international biometric database with total data awareness and intergovernmental sharing to prevent this from happening again.
Cynical? Paranoid? Reality?
Originally posted by mirageofdeceit
Although they did raise quite the opposite point - that being that an ID card scheme would be just as vulnerable and contain far more details.