Sunday, November 02, 2008

UK's Gordon Brown: 'I Can't Make Any Promises About Keeping Your Personal Details Safe'

James Black writes on the Mail On Sunday:

Gordon Brown today admitted the Government cannot promise to keep safe the millions of pieces of sensitive personal information it has gathered on the British public.

The Prime Minister's remarks came amid an urgent inquiry into how a memory stick with user names and passwords for a key Whitehall computer system was found in a pub car park.

The Gateway website allows members of the public to access hundreds of government services including self-assessment tax returns, pension entitlements and child benefits.

There are 12m people registered on it, and it had to be temporarily suspended.

It is the latest in a string of similar blunders, including the loss of the details of 25m Child Benefit claimants, and information on tens of thousands of the country's worst criminals.

More here.

Hat-tip: Pogo Was Right


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