TaxPersonal TaxPoynter ‘halfway’ through data loss interviews

Poynter 'halfway' through data loss interviews

Interviews with HMRC staff slow down data loss investigation

PricewaterhouseCoopers chairman Kieran Poynter is half way through his
initial interviews with HM Revenue & Customs staff into the loss of 25
million individuals’ details and his full findings will only be made in the
first half of 2008, he said today.

Poynter said ‘good progress’ was being made in interviewing those potentially
involved in the data loss, and a forensic review of email correspondence was
being undertaken.

However chancellor Alistair Darling does not expect the review to be
completed until the first half of 2008.

Poynter added that he had been sent ‘numerous copies of potentially relevant
emails’ but they may not represent the whole picture.

The review has been slowed up as interviewees have chosen not to have their
interviews recorded, instead having detailed manuscripts noted down.

Interviews with NAO staff will take place until further discussions take
place with HMRC staff.

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