?The news today about the loss of Child Benefit data is astounding. The entire database of all families with children under 16 has been lost. The data at HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) was saved to 2 discs and sent unrecorded through the internal post to the National Audit Office to be audited. The discs never arrived.
The data on the discs includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25 million people; 15 million children and 10 million adults.
We are now being advised to carefully check all transactions on bank statements. It’s madness that the entire database should be copied to disc and posted. Surely in this age of technology, a secure datalink could have been established between the two locations, after all they aren’t small companies.