UK PM: Sorry For Losing Your Data Blokes...

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 23 2007 11:42 PM

What would be an appropriate response when a government body loses track of discs containing sensitive information roughly half of the population in their country?  Before you answer, let's add that the discs were mailed on on the 18th of one month and the loss wasn't reported until the 8th of the following month.

If you said “issue a public apology” then you might just be British:

“British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized Wednesday for the government's loss of two computer discs containing the personal data of 25 million people, saying there was no excuse and promising a review of data procedures.

The two discs contained the department's entire database relating to the payment of child benefits -- a tax-free monthly payment available to everyone with children -- Treasury chief Alistair Darling said.”

Thus far there is no proof that the discs have landed in the hands of those who would seek to abuse the information, but it cannot be ruled out as a possibility.

It seems like the government ought to be providing some sort of tax break or other compensation for those that lost their data whether or not the data is ever put to ill use.

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In a way this is kinda funny. I mean, who honestly sends something like that thru the mail. Send it thru a delivery service or send someone within the government itself to deliver it.  

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kid007 replied on Sun, Nov 25 2007 6:44 PM

I think that stupid disk is somewhere in someone desk, pilled underneath 100 papers. and like always the media like to blow everything out of proportion. I still remember the day that few "laptops" one containing personal and sensitive information misteriously got lost from a FBI car. and another one from a insurance company. so a cd that is nothing. probably that is a sort of scandal for credit bureau to make more money kind of what does!!!

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