Apparently we have to allow the government to use our data as they see fit, and accept that it may end up in a pub car park.:
Gordon Brown has made a frank admission that government cannot promise the safety of personal data entrusted by the public.
The Prime Minister was speaking hours after it emerged that a memory stick containing the passwords to a government website used submit online tax returns had been lost.
“It is important to recognise we cannot promise that every single item of information will always be safe because mistakes are made by human beings. Mistakes are made in the transportation, if you like in the communication, of information.”
He makes it sound as if we didn’t know that already and were the ones begging to have our data harvested.
Perhaps the ‘consent’ forms that children and parents sign when an eCAF is carried out should contain an extra question:
Where would you prefer us to lose your personal information?
(a) on a train
(b) at a disco
(c) via the post/courier service
(d) in a car park
PS. I guess it’s appropriate that the Minister responsible for the Government Gateway is the same one who left confidential correspondence from his red box on a train.