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Details of 3m UK Driving test candidates goes missing in ... Iowa, US

The personal details (opens in new tab) of three million UK would-be drivers have been reported missing seven months after the incident occurred.

Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, has had to explain herself on yet another bruising and disconcerting data blunder, further compounded by the fact that she was only told about the data loss at the end of November.

The handling of the data (opens in new tab) was outsourced to American firm Pearson Driving Assessments and it has emerged that the blunder was known to the former transport minister Stephen Ladyman since June.

On BBC News last night, Ms Kelly downplayed the loss of data saying that the data loss is not as sensitive as the one on the discs which went missing from the HMRC a few weeks ago.

The lost hard disk (opens in new tab) drive contained only names, email addresses, phone numbers and a couple of other proprietary variables.

Ms Kelly was also keen not to repeat the same mistake of sending apology letters to the ones concerns; the child benefit data scandal was made worse by the fact that the letters containing sensitive details were wrongly sent to thousands.

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.