We’re going to be taking an extended break–far longer than Christmas
hols. The CSIA is evaluating their options, so to speak, and will be
deciding on whether or not to keep Blindside going at the end of Feb.
We’ll still be baby-sitting the site, so if you have comments on any
IA issues (or on Blindside in general), put them on this post–maybe
we’ll send an addendum over to CSIA.
We leave you with this. Symbolic of this shambolic year to date,
really. 2010 should be remembered as the year we gave it away–it being
The personal details of three million learner drivers have been lost by the Government, ministers have admitted.
“Private information held on teenagers and other people taking the
driving theory test - including their names, addresses and phone
numbers - have gone missing from a company in America. Details of the
people that sat the driving theory test between September 2004 and
April 2010 were lost. In the latest such blunder by the Government,
Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, disclosed that the files held on a
hard disc drive were lost at a facility in Iowa City last May. The
Government faced questions about whether it has misplaced any more
records and how many countries process personal details of Britons.
Births, deaths and marriage records of millions of British citizens are
at present being turned into digital files by a computer firm in India.”
“Miss Kelly was informed about the latest data loss - which experts
say could expose millions to the threat of identity fraud - on Nov 28.
Yet she admitted the fiasco only last night, on the eve of MPs’
Happy holidays to you all! We hope to see you in the New Year,
refreshed and ready to continue our exploration of information and
identity–we’ll turn into regular shrinks before we know it.
p.s. (You knew it had to happen, right?) “The beleaguered government agency at the centre of the child benefit records fiasco
was embroiled in another personal data row last night after losing the
pension details of more than 6,500 people. A data cartridge containing
the information was misplaced by HM Revenue and Customs, which
previously admitted losing two computer discs containing the entire
child benefit database of 25 million people.”
“The pensions cartridge is not encrypted or password protected and
contains the details of policy holders with Countrywide Assured plc,
leaving them open to the threat of identity fraud. It holds their
names, addresses, dates of birth, National Insurance numbers, a total
valuation of their pension fund, the date of that valuation, the amount
of their pension contributions and National Insurance rebates received.
Their bank account details are not included.”