HM Courts Service staff breached government database of personal information
Mark Ballard reports:
Staff working for Her Majesty’s Courts Service have breached security on the government database that stores personal data about everyone in the UK.
Also, local authorities sacked 26 employees last year for snooping on personal data stored on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Customer Information System (CIS), which, with 90 million records, is one of the largest databases in Europe.
Freedom of Information (FoI) requests by Computer Weekly revealed that the DWP caught 124 council workers breaching database security in the year to April 2010.
E-mail exchanges by IT security staff at the DWP and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and obtained by Computer Weekly, also expose the weak grip the DWP had on the security of the five-year-old CIS database.
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