Oops, They Did It Again

Clearly the Government chooses its contractors on the basis of the cheapest bid, without any regard for little things like competence. Many of the security and information breaches over the last couple of years have been by EDS. This time it is by Atos Origin.

A memory stick containing all the confidential pass codes to the tax websites was found in a pub car park. As a result the Government had to shut down access to driving licence applications, VAT returns, pension entitlements and child benefit.

The Prime Minister has now even admitted the government cannot promise the safety of personal data entrusted by the public. He has not changed his plans for ID cards for everyone, which security experts have said will be hacked almost as soon as they are issued. So the Prime Minister is saying that even though the data will be completely insecure and unreliable, and will be used illegally to the detriment of an incalculable number of citizens in terms of financial loss and identity theft on top of the usual invasion of privacy, the Government must have it to control terrorism and immigration.

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One Response to “Oops, They Did It Again”

  1. Stop it Now! Says:

    The fact that anyone has the authority to download this much information is in itself open to question. It is true, people like myself, will question the ability of any government to gather even more information, when they cannot secure what they have. So far, these breeches of security seemed to have passed without major incident, but that is more luck than judgment, what will we be saying when this type of information does get into the wrong hands. It seems to me we are more at risk from our own government than we are of the risks they keep using to justify holding the level of information on us that they do.


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