Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bark: Simply Staggering

This kind of incompetence just beggars belief.

What kind of idiot sends TWENTY FIVE MILLION personal records through the post on an unencrypted CD, not just once, BUT TWICE? A special kind of idiot: we call them Civil Servants.

You don't send a dump of an entire database, especially one that contains names, addresses, National Insurance numbers and bank account details through the fucking post. It's an identity thief's wet dream. I guess this is what you get when you let people who don't understand IT systems take positions where they have to manage and distribute electronic data. Unbelievable, and unforgivable.

Twenty five million people is pretty much 50% of the population of the UK, and their details are now floating around out there somewhere, waiting to be found - I wonder how many people are going to have to change their bank accounts now - and all it took was one imbecile wearing a suit to do something stupid... it just shows you how you can set up all the safeguards and procedures you like, but the system is still fragile and vulnerable to a single user interaction...

What makes things even worse is that this numpty is still probably in their job - because trying to fire a Civil Servant is like trying to get a government minister to accept responsibility... and the government will still try and push through the ID card scheme - a system which will contain these kinds of personal records for everyone in the country - when they can't even keep a grip on the data they already have. It's ludicrous. Shakespeare had it wrong when he had Dick the Butcher in Henry VI say "the first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" - we should get rid of the civil servants first, and then the politicians. Then we can worry about the lawyers...
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