British government lose personal details on 25 million children

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British government lose personal details on 25 million children

Unbelievable, the British government lost 2 CD's containing the details of 25 million children.

The personal details of virtually every child in the UK has been lost by HM Revenue and Customs, the chancellor, Alistair Darling, admitted today.

The missing information includes the names, addresses and dates-of-birth of the children and the national insurance numbers, and in some cases the bank details, of parents claiming child benefits.

More than 25 million individuals are affected.


Paul Gray, the chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, today resigned over the "extremely serious failure" of security.

In a Commons statement greeted by gasps of astonishment from MPs, Darling said that two discs containing details of the 7.25 million families claiming child benefit, sent to the National Audit Office, failed to reach the addressee.

The chancellor told MPs the information went missing after a junior official in the department failed to follow standard procedures and sent a "full copy of the data" to the NAO by courier - not by recorded or registered mail.

When it became clear the discs had not arrived, the same official sent the information again - this time by registered post.

The first set of data was sent on October 18, and senior management at HMRC was told it was missing on November 8. The chancellor said he found out 10 days ago.

"I deeply regret this and apologise for the anxiety caused," Darling said. But he insisted there was no suggestion the information had "reached the wrong hands".

The Metropolitan police has confirmed it is investigating the loss of the discs.

Officers have searched a child benefit office in Washington, Tyne and Wear, sources said.

A spokesman for the force said: "We have got officers in the area assisting with inquiries in connection with the missing child benefit data."

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By netchicken: posted on 21-11-2007








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