Tuesday, 20 November 2007

My bank account

My bank account details have just been lost in the post by the tax man. I'm fuming and worried. The child benefit papers were thrust in my hands within hours of giving birth by a helpful district nurse several years ago - every mum I know signed up. None of us ever thought the government would show such disregard of our confidentiality.

7 comments:

TallPaul said...

If you think this is bad, just wait until we've got identity cards. Remember how they are meant to prevent identity fraud? Fat chance of that if this is the best HMG can do ...

Vicky Ford said...

Exactly

emma - said...

Why did Gordon Brown have to mess around with the old payment book system, it kept our local post offices going, and they didn't have my bank information to lose. Bring back the 6 monthly payment book - please.

Jherad said...

Not the cards that are the problem though - it's the underlying database.

I sincerely hope that this latest development highlights at least some of the security issues surrounding data retention on a large scale - civil liberties issues aside.

alex said...

The government obviously thinks it is immune from data protection, as a number of examples (such as junior Doctors personal information being made available on a DoH website, as well as this saga with Child benefit) show. I think it is inconceivable that we would trust them to hold other personal information on an ID card register, as well as inconceivable that anyone would think that the database will be secure enough to prevent criminals from producing fakes. Lets hope ID cards are really dead, and lets hope they get taken to court over this. It would be very nice to see some level of corporate responsibility for what I see as a systemic failure that pervades government, and is symbolic of this governments contemptuous attitude to peoples rights

Vicky Ford said...

Thanks for the comments - especially for Emma who pointed out the link between the computerisation of our lives and threats to the local postoffices. Even my "hard labour" friends have been moaning about this to me this week...

Alan Collins said...

This is indeed a very worrying situation - and one that has finally opened people's eyes to this government's incompetence.

Until now, a lot of people saw the news after they had cocked something up. However, this breach has hit too many families, and more people are now starting to understand that the government's incompetence could hit them hard.

And, of course, that is including my family.