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Breaking News - Secret Tax Data "Lost"

Iain Dale's Diary: Am I One of the 15,000?

I've just heard that the financial details of 15,000 Standard Life customers have been lost by HM Customs & Revenue. On top of this HM Revenue & Customs have lost more personal data in a much wider breach of security. It is scant consolation that the Chairman of HM Revenue & Customs has taken responsibility and resigned. I suppose it is too much to ask for a Treasury Minister to take responsibility too.

UPDATE: Unbelievable. They have lost 7.5 million records relating to child benefit.

BBC Discs with 15m tax records 'lost'

Confidential details of 15 million child benefit recipients are on a computer disc lost by HM Revenue and Customs, the BBC understands.

Chancellor Alistair Darling is to give a Commons statement on "a major operational problem" at 1530 GMT.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said he understood ministers had been aware for nine to 10 days.

UPDATE - BBC NEWS | Politics | Darling admits 25m records lost
Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.

The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25m people.

Up to 25 million now, any advances?

Is this the death of the ID Card scheme? The shocking fact isn't that the CDs were lost in the post but that a clueless junior staffer was able to download them and burn them to CD without any authorisation.


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Apart from the obvious question of why is that fuckwit still in his job, I would be interested to know why the NAO required that information in the first place. Just what were they looking for that requires so much personal, and supposedly protected, data?

I want to see heads on spikes for this.

Just had a dreadful thought. What if whoever found the discs dutifully handed them in - after making a few thousand copies that could be left casually in e.g. pubs, trains and phone boxes.
After all, those who have nothing to hide...
Or are you admitting that you have something to hide, comrade?

I wouldn't get too hopeful about the impact of this on ID cards. Darling had the temerity to suggest this morning that having ID cards with biometric data would actually help in a situation like this to avoid any subsequent attempts at fraud! Conspiracy theories anyone? :-))

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