HMRC admits lost discs were part of ‘systemic failure’

Government has admitted that the loss of computer discs with the details of
25 million claimants is part of wider systemic failure within HM Revenue &

Acting head of the department, Dave Hartnett, told a Treasury Select
Committee yesterday that there had already been seven instances of data loss ‘of
some significance’ since the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise merged in

Hartnett’s admission contradicts earlier comments by chancellor Alistair
Darling who said the incident was isolated.

HMRC also revealed that the cost of stripping the data of personal details,
before it could be sent to the National Audit Office, would have cost less than

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