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.
Initial reactions from IT and security communities
What next for ID cards?
Data sharing in the public sector
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