Government data loss is not uniquely a UK phenomena
Monday, 11 August 2008 13:10

Last week a senior Irish politician admitted that his department had lost an average of one laptop computer every six months (16 since 1999) and that the latest had the details of 380 000 social welfare recipients on its hard disc.

We're used to thinking it's only the UK government that can't take care of our sensitive personal information, so in a way it's good to see someone else having to own up to gross incompetence. However, we have to remember that the scale of data lost by the UK government dwarfs anything lost across the Irish Sea in the Republic.

Does anyone really take government assurances that they are capable of running an identity card scheme or biometric passports with anything but a pinch of salt?

Read more . . . Irish Times report



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