Government data debacle - the full story

As ministers squirm over the latest damning reports into the loss of millions of personal records, ComputerWorld UK tracks the whole sorry saga.


The government has promised to fix the fundamental security flaws outlined in a series of damning reports into the loss by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of 25 million child benefit records in November 2007 and of 600,000 Ministry of Defence records in January 2008.

The debacle cost HMRC chairman Paul Gray his job but the public sector security scandals keep on coming. Read all our essential coverage here of the disaster and its fall-out.

HMRC data disc loss 'entirely avoidable'

Information commissioner to take action on HMRC, MoD

Ministry of Defence admits 600,000 records go AWOL

Job cuts are threatening HMRC data security, union warns

Government data woes deepen as 3 million more records are lost

HRMC breach: segregating data 'would not have been costly'

HMRC offers £20k reward for missing benefit discs

Chancellor under fresh fire over HMRC data loss

Chancellor squirms, revenue and customs chief quits over 25 million lost records

Chancellor faces up to UK's worst-ever data breach

Emails confirm HMRC kept bank details on lost discs to save money

HMRC kept bank data on lost discs to save money, Tories claim

Consumers distrusted government data security before HMRC scandal

MPs slam government over failure to encrypt disc data

Chancellor under fresh fire over HMRC data loss

Data protection minister did not know about HMRC breach

Probe into HMRC data leak to report in three weeks

Government admits Data Protection Act under scrutiny

Initial reactions from IT and security communities

HMRC data loss was theft, claims Abagnale

HMRC breach must act as security warning, say IT leaders

Security experts savage HMRC over data regime

Banking security

Gartner: UK banks could be forced to close accounts after HMRC data loss scandal

Banks deny chancellor's claim that they delayed HMRC data announcement

UK banks insist online accounts are secure despite HMRC breach

What next for ID cards?

Government stands by security of ID cards data plans

HMRC crisis puts spotlight on ID cards

Data sharing in the public sector

ICO targets organisations and individuals in push to criminalise data leaks

Information commissioner demands more power after HMRC data breach

Government CIO warns against more giant databases