Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Data on 25m benefits claimants lost in post

By Gordon Rayner and Andrew Porter Last Updated: 2:49am GMT 21/11/2007

Every parent in the country has been put at risk of fraud and identity theft after the Government lost 25 million personal records in Britain’s worst ever data protection breach.
Two compact discs containing bank details and addresses of 9.5 million parents and the names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers of all 15.5 million children in the country went missing after a junior employee of HM Revenue and Customs put them in the post, unrecorded and unregistered.
Alistair Darling, already under pressure over the Northern Rock crisis, revealed the “inexcusable” blunder to incredulous MPs, admitting that there was still no trace of the CDs more than a month after they went missing.;jsessionid=0WTUCSPTSRH23QFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/11/20/ncustoms620.xml

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