Do security breaches show how well the system works?

Jeremy Phillips

This morning’s Telegraph reports (“Identity database accessed by town hall staff without justification”) that the Customer Information System database, which is to be used as a model for the UK’s proposed ID card scheme, has been accessed 33 times since 2006 by local authority employees without authority. Following these “serious security breaches” the Department for Work and Pensions, which runs the database, has threatened legal action against local authority staff who access information without “business justification”.

For the record, this database currently contains a record of all persons who have a national insurance number, as well as other benefits and employment data held by the Department, which shares its data with agencies including councils, the courts and other government departments. According to the Department, the small number of breaches shows how well the system is working.

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