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UK Gov loses More CDROMs in the post

Two weeks after the full extent of the HRMC debacle was revealed to a flabbergasted nation, the UK government has fallen foul to even more data lost (or stolen).

Two discs (opens in new tab) from the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland got "lost" during transit in the hands of Parcelforce.

The discs, which were unencrypted, are said to contain details nearly 8000 vehicles and more than 6,000 vehicle owners; but rest assured, there's no bank/financial information, according to authorities.

The parcel containing the CDROM was dispatched on the 20th of November and both arrived in Coventry, however, both then vanished, never to be recovered.

Brendan Magee, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Agency, told the BBC (opens in new tab) that the fact that the data was not encrypted was a weakness that was identified through one of their (numerous) reviews; since then, a way to close that loophole had yet to be found.

He added "Unfortunately, this incident had taken place before we completed the review and we deeply regret it and we regret the embarrassment we caused to the customers."

... Until the next time.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.