Sunday, 2 November 2008

Your Data - Unsafe In Their Hands

Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer system to protect millions of people's private details.

The action was taken after a memory stick was found in a pub car park containing confidential passcodes to the online Government Gateway system, which covers everything from tax returns to parking tickets.
ID card database, anyone...?

3 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

Haven't they heard of encryption?

JuliaM said...

"Haven't they heard of encryption?"

Indeed. Or, perhaps, of disabling USB ports so people can't make off with this data uncontrolled in the first place...

Anonymous said...

They put the passwords on a memory stick?

This is beyond incompetence.

But nobody will be fired, of course.