Another disaster looms, Darling.....

#1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/11/23/ncustoms123.xml&page=1

"The newly-released internal emails revealed that the catastrophic decision not to filter out the sensitive information, made against the advice of the National Audit Office (NAO), was therefore not a low-level administrative error as the Chancellor claimed.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) director Nigel Jordan was copied in on the decision not to remove crucial personal details from the 7 million missing child benefit files before they were posted to another department - in a bid to cut costs, the messages show.

They also show that NAO officials urged HMRC to send the files 'as safely as possible'"
 
#2
MINOR COST CUTTING?
If they were worried about security/encryption, they could have down-loaded Phil Zimmerman's PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption software for free! (OK, it's free to private users, but commercial organisations can get it (quite?) cheaply!
I used to work for an IT company in the encryption game and we (before the company went bust) could have given them effective (clerk-proof) solutions.
Another case of civil servants not living in the real world? (Not knowing the real world?)
 

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