Two password protected discs containing a full copy
of HMRC's entire data in relation to the payment of child benefit was
sent to the NAO, by HMRC's internal post system operated by the courier
TNT. The package was not recorded or registered. It appears the data has failed to reach the addressee in the NAO. The police tell me that they have no reason to believe that this data has found its way into the wrong hands. The police are not aware of any evidence that it has been used for fraudulent purposes or criminal activity.
Let us be clear
about the scale of this catastrophic mistake - the names, the addresses
and the dates of birth of every child in the country are sitting on two
computer discs that are apparently lost in the post, and the bank
account details and National Insurance numbers of 10 million parents,
guardians and carers have gone missing Half the country will be very anxious about the safety
of their family and the security and the whole country will be
wondering how on earth the government allowed this to happen.