Lose data, lose trust 2

November 22, 2007 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

I thought I’d check out the fallout from the massive loss of personal information in UK. It isn’t a pretty picture:

Boris Johnson in the Telegraph describes it as, “In the annals of government cock-up, this is surely the single most astonishing and ludicrous episode of the past 25 years.” He goes on to say, “Alistair Darling has invented a kind of reverse National Lottery, in which the giant finger hovers over our streets. It could be you. It could be me… Invisibly, inaudibly, without so much as a whoosh or a slurp, large sums will disappear from our bank accounts.”

– The banks have contradicted Chancellor Alistair Darling’s statement that they had asked for a delay in making things public to put in place protective measures.

– Given that Prime Minister Gordon Brown had run the department at fault for a decade means that the blame is being placed on a single individual rather than systemic failures.

– Tory leader David Cameron believes that it would be “weird” and “truly bizarre” if the government continues with its plans for a national identity register. For campaigns such as NO2ID, it has become an opportunity to collect money to fight the national ID plans.

Life goes on… what could push this off as the leading story?

Try soccer: England crashing out of qualifying for Euro 2008 by Croatia. Henry Winter in the Telegraph puts things in perspective, “Forget the 25 million people losing their identities in the post; a whole nation lost its identity at a drenched Wembley.”


Entry filed under: data_breach, fraud, government, personal_info, privacy, security, trust, UK.

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