When something happens once, you can put it down to error, when it happens twice, we begin to suspect incompetence, but when it happens over and over again, it can only be considered to be deliberate.
Are Government data losses deliberate? and if so, to what end. The introduction of ID Cards is the prime contender, with the government scrabbling desperately to find ever new reasons to justify why we should all be carrying one.
This latest story of everyday government morons losing your personal information is the latest in a string of data losses that we can only now consider to be deliberate on the part of this overwhelmingly dysfunctional Government.
The personal details of 600,000 people have been lost
after a laptop belonging to a Royal Navy officer was stolen, the
Government revealed tonight.
The laptop was stolen
from the officer in Birmingham on the night of January 9 but the theft
has only just been announced by the Ministry of Defence.
contained personal information from people who had joined up to the
Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force and from people who had
expressed an interest in joining.
Entries on the computer included passport details,
National Insurance numbers, drivers' licence details, family details,
doctors' addresses and NHS numbers, the MoD said.
information held is not the same for every individual, it is
understood. People who made casual inquiries to join the Forces may
only have had their name recorded on the laptop.
“The Ministry of Defence is treating the loss of this data with the utmost seriousness,” a statement on the MoD's website said.
“We are writing to some 3,500 people whose bank details were included on the database.
Action has already been taken with the assistance of APACS [Association
for Payment Clearing Services] to inform the relevant banks so that the
relevant accounts can be flagged for scrutiny against unauthorised
People who are concerned that their data may have been on the laptop are advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org from Saturday at 10 am onwards.
The MoD also plans to establish a helpline. (not will establish, only plans to establish)
Why are these people carrying your personal information about? Why have taxpayers already paid billions for state of the art networks for these organisations if personal details are being carried on Laptops, disks or memory sticks. Why are these people not chastised, fired, then hung drawn and quartered. That information belongs to you, not them, it is only in their care, but it belongs to you.
The UK Government is the biggest enabler of identity fraud.
Perhaps it is now time to stop giving government agencies information.
Stop giving them your personal data, demand to know why they need it and what they intend to do with every piece of information they ask for.
If they provide unsatisfactory answers, refuse to give it.
Tell them that they are not trusted.
Remind them that they are your servants, not your masters.
Demand that they be accountable.
Say NO to ID cards. Say NO to the Database State.