Tuesday, November 20, 2007

When Big is too Big becomes Complex

“Head of HM Revenue quits after details of seven million child benefits claimants go missing in security breach”

Shocking ... Breach of security in Inland Revenue puts people details at risk. HM Revenue and Customs chairman Paul Gray resigned after "a substantial operational failure" in the department. The uncertainty now is that this major government department "fit for purpose" HMRC was created by the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise at a time when the Treasury was demanding thousands of staff cuts, and has been under "immense pressure" How is it possible to lose two DVD/CDs in an internal system, and why would data of this sensitive nature be stored on this data format!

Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Darling may have taken his eye off the ball with the organisation in the midst of Northern Rock crisis, which has seen billions of pounds of taxpayers' money being used to prop up the ailing bank amid suggestions that it may never be fully repaid.

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