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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Security Incidents Double In Wales Over 5 Years


The BBC reports that the number of "security incidents" across the five HMRC offices in Wales has almost doubled in five years.

The figures have risen from 807 in 2014-15 to 1584 in 2018-19.

Unauthorised disclosures - data revealed to the wrong people - has also doubled.

An HMRC spokeswoman said "we take all security incidents seriously and ensure that lessons are learnt from all cases".

The bulk of the incidents, at offices in Swansea, Wrexham, Porthmadog and two offices in Cardiff, were "unauthorised disclosures" of data.

This category of incidents increased from 642 in 2014-15 to 1353 in 2018-19, according to information obtained using a Freedom of Information request.

HMRC point out that unauthorised disclosure figures "will not all be related to customer data. Some may be internal HMRC data such as policy, guidance, workings/calculations, court proceedings etc".

As well as unauthorised disclosures, the total of 1584 incidents in 2018-19 cover a wide variety of circumstances including 66 cases of data loss through the post and three electronically, theft, loss of building passes and IT security.

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  1. Does this relate to the earlier Datagate post that was put up about 6 months ago?

    Files sprouting legs from Counter Avoidance and ending up in interesting places? Didn't this result in a significant loss to the exchequer?

    Wasn't the deviant squad involved? Nellthorp / Richardson / Simpson. Incident Control Officers to plan data transfers? I've just re read some comments and it rings a bell.

    What a shame that we live in a Fake News world. If the BBC took the time to do some proper journalism for the money we pay them, they might find the real story. What a rotten story it would be. Instead of just hollow quotes, soundbites, denials and platitudes.

    If the new Home Secretary is worth his salary he should be taking a special look at HMRC.

  2. Ha, security in Cardiff as an example was about as effective as a G4S Olympic guard or an SIA check;
    Will I Pass the Criminality Checks?

    If you have a criminal record, it does not necessarily mean that you will not get a licence. We will make our decision according to:

    Whether we consider your offences relevant to our decision;
    The actual sentence or disposal given to you for the offence; and
    How recent the offences were.

    Our criminal record indicator provides a 'no cost' way of determining whether or not you will pass our criminality criteria. The logic of the indicator mirrors that which is used by members of our licensing team when they make their decision.

    BTW I am not referring to the security personnel, merely the corporate governance and attitude of management and personnel!