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I wonder if a Terrorist has walked off with some Plutonium too?

Well, if they will keep in on the counter in full view ...

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Having just watched the MP responsible for the thing on Newsnight, I wouldn't trust them with my Tesco ClubCard number! It was quite unbelievable. An expert in Computer Security told her that the whole way the Government treats and manages data security was an accident waiting to happen (databases too big, too many people with access), and now it has happened several times in the last few months. Apparently the data was not encrypted, with the only protection being a basic password. How incompetent is that?

National ID cards? I think not.

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Having just watched the MP responsible for the thing on Newsnight, I wouldn't trust them with my Tesco ClubCard number! It was quite unbelievable. An expert in Computer Security told her that the whole way the Government treats and manages data security was an accident waiting to happen, and now it has happened several times in the last few months. Apparently the data was not encrypted, with the only protection being a basic password. How incompetent is that?

National ID cards? I think not.

I have always supported the idea of ID cards but now I am not so sure I certainly would not like all my details to be sent around the country on a computer disk

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National ID cards? I think not.

You're not the only one who will be making that connection.  It certainly opens up the whole debate about ID card security again and the bestowing so much information in the hands of an obviously incompetent government.

I wonder if the present system can cope with the hoards of people who will be rushing out to change their bank accounts today.

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Alistair Darling has just said on Breakfast TV that ID cards would ensure that data would be more secure. As a man who works with data manipulation on a regular basis, I don't believe him. Wherever there is a human element, errors will be made. People get complacent with data security and that's exactly what has happened here. The more people who have access to the data, the more potential for error and lapses in security. Data held on millions of people means that there are plenty of opportunities to cock-up. ID cards are now effectively dead in the water. The government will never convince the public that their data would be safe.

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Am I the only one wondering how the 'ell they get the data for 25m million people onto 2 CD's, Are they some sort of super size disc?



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They probably aren't CDs, they'll be DVDs filled with data.

Each person's record would probably fit into about 250 bytes. That's 0.00025 MB. Multiply this by 25 million and you get 6,250 MB. A standard DVD will hold 4,700 MB of data, so all 25 million records would fit comfortably onto two DVDs.



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You're not the only one who will be making that connection.  It certainly opens up the whole debate about ID card security again and the bestowing so much information in the hands of an obviously incompetent government.

I wonder if the present system can cope with the hoards of people who will be rushing out to change their bank accounts today.

that won;'t make any difference...as ith the data they (whoever 'they' are) have - they'll easily be able to create a new bank account anyway...

seems bizzarre that they use a dutch company (TNT) to handle all internal mail - if they can't trust royal mail then how are we expected to?

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Brilliant. I've saved that web page as it's not likely to be up there long. :-)

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