The farce continues!
Hundreds of people in police witness protection programmes have been put at risk by the loss of millions of child benefit records, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
The missing data discs are understood to contain both the real names and the new identities of up to 350 people who have had their identities changed after giving evidence against major criminals.
You know the problem with this? It\’s not that the discs have been lost: it\’s that this information is in the database at all. Given that we have a large number of junior civil servants who have access to the information, given the hunger of certain criminals to find out who had fingered them (or rather, find out where those who fingered them are) it\’s simply insane that this information should be so easily available.
Old name, new name, current address, available to anyone with access to the system? And please note that positive vetting is "not" carried out on junior civil servants. You could make a case that the only reason such witnesses are not already being beaten up (pour encourager les autres) is that not even the criminal fraternity believe that the Govt would be so stupid. It really wouldn\’t be all that difficult for one of the crime families to get someone to apply for employment on that computer system now, would it? That data would easily be worth a 4 or 6 month period working as a junior civil servant.
And note, this isn\’t a "mistake", this is a basic design flaw.