offices across the UK have been hit by computer failures
affecting the registration of births and deaths. The IT system went live
nationally in mid-March after pilots in half a dozen offices.
The software, supplied by
Mantech, runs on an infrastructure designed by National Statistics (NS) and installed by Siemens. Problems with
slowness, timing out and seizure have forced NS to abandon the new system.
“We have taken half of
the registration authorities off that system and put them back on to the old
system,” an NS spokesperson told GC News on 3
“It seems to have been a problem of capacity.”
The online system for
recording civil partnerships, introduced in 2005, is working well, according to
the spokesperson. The problems started after births and deaths were added last
year. Facilities to record marriages were to have been added later this year,
but this may have to be reviewed.
In a letter to The Times,
a registrar said that volume testing had clearly been inadequate. Concerns
raised by staff about the reliability of the new system were dismissed, the
concerns centre around the lack of localisation, that the system was never anglicised
and made fit for purpose, with many of the fields still being operative for US only
previously attracted criticism over its plans to outsource data
processing of births, marriages and deaths to India. Labour MP John McDonnell issued a
motion calling for the plan to be scrapped because of security concerns. (source)
Lets just give everyone our
databases shall we, but perhaps this government does not want to shore up
government system, or banking systems for that matter either. It could be that they
want breach after breach, theft after theft, to wait until no-one is left with
a shred of identity that they can call their own, leaving people with only a
single option. The Government run ID Card.
Would this NuLab government be that
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.