Tax employees the biggest data losers, UK Parliament told

Jeremy Phillips

According to The Telegraph, Parliamentary answers from three UK Government Departments reveal that up to 260 officials were dismissed or disciplined for alleged breaches of data protection requirements and inappropriate use of personal or sensitive data during the past year. Most of the offenders were employed with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which last November admitted losing personal details of 25 million people from the child benefit database. The Conservative opposition is reported as claiming that it would create an offence of reckless handling of personal data by Government, making it an offence for a Crown Servant or a government contractor to lose personal data.

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