Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Government deserves to fall on data loss alone

Two reports have concluded that no individual member of staff was to blame for last year's child benefit data loss.

Reports by the Independent Police Complaints Commission on the original data loss, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (the 'Poynter' review) on the wider question of data protection, revealed systematic and institutionalised failings within the HMRC department.

The Poynter review identified low morale in HMRC; said there needs to be a better focus on engaging with staff; and recommended HMRC should consider redeploying staff to improve services and increase tax yield rather than continuing with job cuts.

The Chancellor Alistair Darling announced at the time that £155m will be needed over three years to implement the Poynter recommendations. But, unfortunately, no new money is being provided by the Treasury.

Government data loss

[Pippa Wagstaff is currently on a blogging break]


Anonymous 12 November 2008 at 08:54  

Shouldn't the headline be:

"Government should be euthanaised on data loss alone"

Sweet and Tender Hooligan 12 November 2008 at 09:41  

This will be the tip of the iceberg when the data breach law that is being called for by many is brought onto the statute book. SB136, in Californian State Law, is an example of this; organisations who lose or compromise their customers/patients/members data are mandated to notify all of them of the data compromise.

Stonemason 12 November 2008 at 18:30  

"systematic and institutionalised failings"

No 1, in this instance, I believe is Adrian Tuff.

Is it time to fall on the proverbial sword ?

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