HMRC seems to be developing an addiction to sharing people's private financial details with the wider world.
Not content with the Datagate fiasco of 2007, when a database containing 25 million child benefit records went missing, HMRC have sent by the post the private financial details of up to 50,000 people who claim tax credits to other claimants.
Claimants were sent their annual tax credit award notice, coupled with personal details of other claimants (eg earnings, bank sort codes and the last four digits of the bank account number of other claimants).
HMRC claim that this was a printing error.
By "printing error" do they actually mean IT error?
HMRC also claim that the details mistakenly sent out cannot be used to commit id theft.
This of course is bollocks, any extra details about a person's bank or financial status can make a fraudster's task just a little bit easier.
It seems that, despite numerous warnings and cock ups, HMRC still don't "get" the concept of data security.
I guarantee that the HMRC "investigation" into this will finger some junior member of staff as the official scapegoat.
Does anyone actually trust HMRC anymore with their private data?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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