TITLE

Missing CDs: what went wrong, and why practice would have continued

AUTHOR(S)
Collins, Tony; Grant, Ian
PUB. DATE
November 2007
SOURCE
Computer Weekly;11/27/2007, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses how the British HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) came to put millions at risk of identity theft by the practice of sending unencrypted, CD-based files on millions of child benefit claimants. The practice of transferring all of the child benefit data onto CDs began in March this year, after HMRC's auditor, the National Audit Office (NAO), decided to carry out a robust independent check on the child benefit data for an audit of HMRC's 2006/07 resource accounts. The lost discs contained details of all child benefit recipients: records for 25 million individuals and more than seven million families. The records included parental names, addresses, dates of birth, child benefit and national insurance numbers, and bank or building society details. INSETS: EASY TO CRACK AND RICH PICKINGS FOR…;DATA PROTECTION WATCHDOG: REVENUE….
ACCESSION #
27963148

 

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