There’s not much to say that hasn’t been said already, so here’s a couple of blogs that pick up on the e-government/administration side of things:
Four thoughts about the HMRC data loss: about responsibility, the value of the information and the temptation that creates; restitution and the new risk for the taxpayer; and lessons for the ID System. The CD’s are worth £100m+
A series of questions on the HMRC scandal with an audit/security focus. Good comments too
The NAO claim they never wanted any personal data, so the question is: how did a ‘junior official’ have the rights to dump off a database full of personal information? I wonder if Deepak Singh is feeling any pressure right now?
From the comments on the Register (and many other places);
“…the NAO requested data on child benefit claimants in a “desensitised” form, with bank accounts and other personal data removed, in March.
“…the reason given for turning down the NAO request was that desensitising the information would require an extra payment to the data services provider EDS.”
PFI and outsourcing rule!
And finally, a Peter Brookes cartoon from the Times:
Alistair Darling must wish it it was that simple…