David Hartnett, the director general of the HMRC, has admitted that there have been other HMRC blunders that have led to data loss.
You know I wonder why people don't just take a class action against these idiots for negligence and incompetence, as their actions have placed the personal security of millions at risk over the next 20 years.
Hartnett has admitted there have been seven other significant data losses in recent years.
He told the Treasury select committee that there had already been seven instances of data loss, classified internally as "of some significance", since the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise merged in 2005.
Why are we only hearing about these losses now?
Rather embarrassingly for Chancellor Alistair Darling, these revelations contradict his claims that the recent loss of data was an isolated incident.
Hartnett agreed with committee chairman Michael Fallon when he asked:
"If you have had seven serious security breaches in the two-and-a-half years since you were set up doesn't that indicate systemic failure?"
Among the cases of lost data, admitted to by Hartnett, was the case in Nottingham where "confidential waste" literally fell off the back of a lorry.
In another incident a lap top with the information of 15,000 Standard Life customers on was lost by the HMRC.
In May a number of letters with tax credit information on were sent to wrong addresses.
These are just the cases that HMRC are reluctantly prepared to admit to.
What else is going on that they haven't yet admitted to?
Clearly the HMRC is not fit for purpose.
I would also ask this, if HMRC is not fit for purpose and the head of HMRC has publicly admitted that there has been systemic failure, why is it that Gray (the ex head) is still being paid £200K for doing sweet FA?
A class action is what is need here. Lawyers such as these in the US would be ideal for such an action Milberg Weiss.
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