In addition to the very much weak security regarding the handling of information by government agencies, the UK Government suffers yet another blow with news that information for almost three million UK drivers is missing from a facility in Iowa in the US. The contractor for the British Government has lost the said hard drive from it’s secure facility in the said state and that there has no news yet as to where the information has gone to.
This adds another blow to the already tarnished reputation of Prime Minister Brown’s government for the recent loss of at most 8 CD’s containing tax and child support information in the UK. The said disks are still missing to this point and the reason behind the loss still unclear. In related news, the British Transport office in Ireland has also lost information regarding 6,000 motorists containing information from driver’s license numbers, addresses, and many more driver related information including the type of vehicle they drive.
This is poor showing for the British which has suffered a great deal of criticism from it’s parliament on the way information is handled and how it is mishandled. The incidents highlights more and more the need for more stringent control of information and the transport of such beginning from the roots as to why such a junior British government official had access to copy and burn CD’s straight off a supposedly secure government server. The recent incident has the missing hard disk formatted specially but sources will not confirm whether the said disk was encrypted. The said special formatting would render the disk and the information it contains unusable at best which was for use on special machinery (computers).