(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
data leak, uk



UK Gov't Loses Data on 25 Million People... Including Bank Details

from the we're-from-the-gov't,-and-we're-here-to... dept

At this point, you should probably just assume that all your private data is in the hands of someone who shouldn't have it. However, if it's not, you can rest assured that private companies and universities and government agencies are hard at work making sure they leak your data to someone who shouldn't have it. The latest takes place in the UK, where a gov't agency appears to have lost two CDs containing the personal details, sometimes including bank info, of all families with children under 16. Everyone involved seems to admit this is a colossal screw up, but that's pretty much what is said each time one of these happens, and yet we keep hearing of more. As per usual, the blame is being placed on "junior" staffers who supposedly didn't follow security procedures, so we'll probably see a few people fired and then we'll all forget about it for another month or so until the next big data leak comes along.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2007 @ 4:14pm

    UK leads the world in somethings.

    notice how bottler brown is out of the country... again

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Overcast, 20 Nov 2007 @ 4:45pm

    It's such a GOOD idea trusting national economies to databases!

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • icon
    GeneralEmergency (profile), 20 Nov 2007 @ 5:26pm

    We need a new information monopoly legal framework

    ...for the "Information Spill" age.

    All personally identifiable information about me should be my property and I should have copyright style monopoly powers over such information. Let's call it "IdentityRight". Spill the information that I have licensed to you for some purpose, the contract says you pay me N dolars in compensation. Get caught holding unlicensed information about me?? Criminal offense.

    Ok, somebody ...please... slap me before I develop this idea any further.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2007 @ 6:16pm

      Re: We need a new information monopoly legal frame

      Easy. Just change your name to Copyright 2007 then you'll have a copyright notice in every one of your personal records.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Johnny Foreigner, 21 Nov 2007 @ 4:38pm

      Re: We need a new information monopoly legal frame

      Bloody Good Idea

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Dr. Evil, 20 Nov 2007 @ 7:56pm

    BwaaHaHaHa

    If you want your data kept secret, you'll have to pay me ONE MILLION DOLLARS ... err huh ? that's ONE BILLION DOLLARS !

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    SteveD, 21 Nov 2007 @ 12:48am

    Just say No to ID Cards

    Hopefully this will torpedo the goverments ID card schemes once and for all. No one will ever trust them after this.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Sean, 23 Nov 2007 @ 6:13am

    Firing people...

    What's worse is the Audit guys specifically asked for a scrubbed copy 'cos they didn't want any confidential information (and all the headaches that having it brings), and the Treasury managers refused 'cos it'd incur extra cost.
    I wouldn't fire the poor sod who lost the disks, but the following list;
    *Supervisor, for not supervising
    *Manager, for not managing
    *Owner of the DB, for having an incredibly stupid DB where a "junior staffer" has access to download 25m records
    *Whoever negotiated and signed off on the out-sourcing deal that says scrubbing confidential data is an extra cost
    *The person who decided not to incur that extra cost

    I'd also like to see the outsourcing contract cancelled and re-tendered.

    We can all dream... but dreaming of pink fluffy elephants might be slightly more realistic.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Show Now: Copymouse
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.