The council has today admitted it inappropriately released up to
54,000 credit- and debit-card details covering transactions between
February 2006 and April 2007, covering payments to the council
including council tax, business rates, parking fines, and rent payments.
In a statement
on its website, the council said the information released was in an
encrypted file and included names, addresses and credit-card numbers.
However, the council stressed that no details of either Pin codes or
security-code numbers were included in the file that was
The lapse was discovered during a test of the council's IT security. Following this audit, Newcastle said it closed down the computer servers concerned, and it said that security had been tightened and reinforced.
Newcastle City Council Chief Executive, Ian Stratford, said, “We
very much regret that this situation has developed. There has been no
indication of any fraud or loss. We are now fully confident that our
systems are properly robust, so we are continuing to receive payments
by credit and debit cards.”
For its lack of due diligence, this City Council is an ENABLER OF ID FRAUD.