The loss of two discs containing the details of 25 million people was blamed
on the excessive targets imposed on the HM Revenue and Customs, a member of the
House of Lords has said.
The Earl of Erroll, an IT expert believed to be the only Lord to have
programming skills, has said that the scandal occurred ‘because of targets (and)
budgets’ it was reported in Zdnet.co.uk
In a recent Infosecurity conference, the UK’s largest gathering of
information security professionals, the Lord explained that it was likely
employees bypassed security procedures in order to meet the targets set.
In light of the HMRC disc scandal, peers yesterday supported ammending the
criminal justice and immigration bill, which would make the careless release or
loss of personal data a criminal offence.
In the HMRC case, information such as bank details, which should have been
stripped from the databases on the discs before being sent to the National Audit
Office, were not carried out because of the extra cost it would have incurred.
"The whole idea of HMRC officials supplying confidential information about individuals to the media on a non-attributable basis is, or should be, a matter of serious concern," say Supreme Court judges
UK-based non-doms have paid ten times more tax than the average taxpayer, raising concerns over the Brexit impact on non-dom contributions and therefore, the economy
A senior MP has questioned the impact of HMRC’s decision to undertake yet another radical overhaul of its internal structure
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