Tuesday, 20 November 2007

The HMRC leak – unbelievable

Really, words fail me. I’ve just watched on TV the UK chancellor Alistair Darling tell the House of Commons that this massive data leak (25 million people’s bank details etc) is due to HMRC staff not following procedures. Pardon me? Apparently it was sent via unrecorded post on unencrypted CDs.

Liberal Democrat acting leader Vince Cable asked why the data was posted on CDs and why HMRC didn’t have an electronic means of sending the information securely. He’s got a point.

I’m sure we’ll learn more soon.

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