Securing sensitive data

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in May, Meg Hillier, the minister for ID cards, likened the security precautions intended for the National Identity Register to those employed for the Police National Computer. One must wonder whether those precautions also include copying personal information from the database to sub-contractors and the subsequent loss of those records on unencrypted memory sticks.

PA Consulting, the agency at fault in this latest data fiasco (your report, 22 August), were the main architects of the National Identity Scheme. The millions of pounds paid to them by the Home Office in consultancy fees were apparently not well spent. It is abundantly clear that the government is incapable of protecting sensitive data. The pretence that the Home Office can be trusted with our personal identity records is no more than a sick joke. The National Identity Scheme should be terminated immediately.

(DR) GERAINT BEVAN

NO2ID Scotland

Grovepark Gardens

Glasgow

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