The UK government's data protection minister did not know about the huge data breach at HM Revenue and Customs until he heard the chancellor's statement in the Commons on November 20, he has admitted.
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The schools secretary, Ed Balls, has ordered an independent assessment of security for the ContactPoint database that is set to hold the details of every child from birth.
E-mails released by the National Audit Office have confirmed that officials at HM Revenue and Customs did not want to remove sensitive information from child benefit data sent to the auditors because this would cost extra.
Criminal charges for data security breaches like that at HM Revenue and Customs could be brought against both organizations and individuals, if new laws proposed by the data protection watchdog are introduced.
HM Revenue and Customs failed to "desensitise" the data on 25 million people that it lost in transit to the National Audit Office because removing bank details and other sensitive information would have required an extra payment to data management contractor EDS, the Conservative Party has claimed.
The government has defended security measures for its £5.6 billion ID cards scheme in the wake of the data loss crisis at HM Revenue and Customs.
IT contractors value the lifestyle benefits that freelance work offers above the financial rewards, new research has found.
Merrill Lynch has selected IPC Systems to provide advanced voice over IP (VOIP) trading systems in a global deal.
The UK Foreign Office has been slammed for breaching the Data Protection Act after a probe by the Information Commissioner into a security flaw on a website used by people applying for UK visas.
Business innovation will be increasingly driven by collaboration with external partners and customers, exploiting Web 2.0 technology Gartner analysts have predicted.
Businesses and public sector organizations face a wave of disruption from the internet as well as enjoying its benefits, Gartner analysts have warned.
SAP will not plunge into competing in the Software as a Service (SAAS) market for large companies, despite its launch of a hosted enterprise resource planning suite earlier this year, its chief executive has said.
The data protection watchdog has ordered four police forces to delete old criminal convictions from the Police National Computer (PNC).
The U.K. government's CIO Council has agreed a procedure to intervene in major public sector IT projects where whistleblowers raise concerns.
The U.K. government is to investigate ways to preserve its data so it can be used in future, even when storage formats become obsolete.