Category Archives: benefit data

Identity theft

 If you suspect fraud in relation to your National Insurance numebr – what should you do? Thankfully, Alastair has pointed out that HMRC have provided advice which is repeated in full below the cut (and if you don’t believe it – follow … Continue reading

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Pig to man, and man to pig

You know the bit at the end of Animal Farm?  You look from pig to man and man to pig and can’t tell the difference. Well, let me tell you a story. You may recall that I was a little … Continue reading

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When did you last google your father?

Via Mr Eugenides and Cicero and Tim WorstallThe Times reports today that HM government has had an idea – you know the government that wants to introduce  ID Cards with database, to introduce a national children’s database, a national NHS database, and … Continue reading

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Benefit data again (again)

Question:  So, what price for 2 discs containing 25 million records with bank account details, addresses, full names, national insurance numbers, and details of hundreds on the witness protection scheme? Is it A.  PricelessB.  Something near what the organised crime syndicates would … Continue reading

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Lost data (again)

Via Tim Worstall a revelation in The Telegraph that the data on the child benefit discs includes 350 people on the witness protection scheme and – helpfully – gives original names, new names, addresses &c.  An extra dimension to the original … Continue reading

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Benefit data again

I realise that I’m sounding like a man obsessed with yet another post about the loss of the benefit data (possibly because I am directly affected by it – and remain astonished at the ineptitude).   I am struck by one … Continue reading

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Benefit data again – post two of two

Earlier today I made reference to the HOuse of Lords Science and Technology committee report on Internet Security.  This contained a series of recommendations for government on how to protect data to safeguard internet security.  IN late October (around the … Continue reading

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Benefit data again – first of two part post

The House of Lords Science and Technology committee produced earlier this year a report on internet security.  The government responded last month - at around the time HMRC became aware that the staff had lost 25 million personal records.  Some of … Continue reading

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Benefit data again

This snippet in this morning’s Guardian seems to have been by-passed in the midst of the general furore about the topic. “Shawn Williams, a partner in a law firm specialising in fraud cases, said he regularly received confidential data from … Continue reading

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Benefit data update

With thanks to thunderbox  for spotting this e-bay sale and to Mr Eugenides for drawing attention to the story Darling send 25 million bank records to Nigerian doctor.  

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