UK Visa applications halted over ID concerns #2

Foreign office minister Lord Triesman has pledged an
independent inquiry into a security flaw on a website used to apply for UK
visas that made personal details of applicants easily accessible to hackers.

The online UK
visa application website for people in India,
Russia and Nigeria
is provided by VFS Global, a commercial partner of the joint Foreign Office and
Home Office agency UKVisas.

A statement on the UKVisas website says the VFS site is “currently unavailable”
due to a “technical problem”.

But Triesman acknowledged the seriousness of the security
breach, saying: “Security is paramount in our visa system. We will conduct an
immediate, thorough and independent investigation into this reported breach of
one of our commercial partner’s systems. The outcome will be made public.”

In March, UKVisas signed a £140m outsourcing deal with CSC that
will see the IT services firm establish three regional visa application centres
covering 15 countries as well as providing multilingual call centres and
websites in another 87 countries.

CSC will also be responsible for
capturing biometric data on all visa applicants, including photographs and

UKvisas’ own Visa4UK website is not affected by the security breach and is
operating normally in the countries where it is available.


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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