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Hello, it’s Leonardo here, editing the programme today.
DO YOU TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT WITH YOUR DATA?
It’s the main talking point in Britain today: in Parliament, in the streets, in the pubs. Two discs with personal information — addresses, bank details, names etc. — about some 25 million people in the UK have gone missing from government offices. Or have been stolen, no one knows.
It contained information about virtually every family in the country with children aged under 16. That includes the Prime Minister himself, Gordon Brown, who was forced to apologize to in Parliament today.
The CDs had information on all the families who receive child benefits. They were sent on ordinary post from the Department of Revenue and Customs to an auditor, but never reached the destination.
The data of millions of people can now be stored in two small discs and lost in the post.
Do you trust anyone with your data, especially your government? Have you been a victim of data theft? Is that something that concerns you, or just an one-off incident that wouldn’t happen if normal procedures had been followed?