UK: Computer records of the personal data of 25 million people goes missing

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer told the House of Commons that two computer disks dispatched by HM Revenue and Customs had gone missing: "The missing information contains details of all Child Benefit recipients: records for 25 million individuals and 7.25 million families." UK's families put on fraud alert: Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing (BBC News, link)

This has happened against the background of an on-going debate about ID cards, the National Health database (the full medical records of everyone) and the lack of protection given by private companies to personal data held by them which can be passed on to others overseas (eg: the SWIFT scandal).

See also:

- Family doctors to shun national database of patients' records: More than half would seek specific consent · Security fears dominate concerns, poll shows (Guardian, link)

- How the cookie crumbles for Egg savers: Internet: Feathers fly as customers are told their personal details may go overseas (Guardian, link)

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