uk: They’ve got your number: State’s hunger for personal data raises security fears

There are increasing fears that Britain could suffer a repeat of the HM Revenue & Customs data loss as the scale and breadth of personal information held by government bodies continues to grow inexorably.As the police step up their search for the two missing Inland Revenue computer discs containing the banking and personal details of 25 million people, ministers have been warned that the potential exposure to theft and identify fraud could be present for many years to come.And in the most chilling assessment since the Government admitted the security blunder, the man in charge of setting up the country’s biggest medical records database has said he does not believe it is possible to make such systems foolproof.

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