Chaplin for Home Secretary

Missing: 2 CDs with details of migrant workers; 1 laptop with confidential data; oh and those other CDs of child benefit claimants.

Then there was the secret file left on the train: perhaps it’ll turn up here.

And now details of the entire prison population.

Home Office Watch has an update on the latest data disaster from our gifted Government:

Another day, another large-scale data loss by the Government, this time featuring the Home Office and its contract PA Consulting. A memory stick was loaded up with the following, and then lost:
• Information on around 10,000 prolific offenders
• Information on 30,000 people from the Police National Computer
• Information on all 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales
The prolific offenders information (and possibly the others) was also unencrypted.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s view? “Charlie Chaplin could do a better job running the Home Office than this Labour Government.”

Actually that’s not such a bad idea. After all Charlie Chaplin started out at Collins Music Hall on Islington Green, so he wouldn’t be scared of the place.

On the downside, he is dead. But at least he wouldn’t go round losing other people’s data.

PA Consulting, the contractors involved, have been paid a reported £2million a month by the Passport Service for work on ID cards. Laugh? I thought I’d never start.

Chaplin himself once said “I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.” Certainly a funnier clown than those currently in charge.



  1. […] As the Independent reports today, that means ‘thousands of unaccountable civil servants given access to our most intimate personal information‘. Now I’ve nothing against civil servants. I used to be one. Some of my best friends still are. But as we’ve all learned over recent years, the more personal data is out there freely, the more at risk we all are of it being lost. […]

  2. […] (what about women avoiding abusive ex-partners?). And even well-intentioned organisations make mistakes with data, as we’ve all learned in recent years. It will make us all less […]

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