By John Oates
9th January 2009
HMRC's latest report reveals the department hopes to have fully
implemented the recomendations of the Poynter review into data security
by June 2011.
Kieran Poynter of PWC was appointed to review procedures after the
Revenue transferred 25 million people's child benefit records onto two
unencrypted discs and popped them in the post. When they failed to
arrive they were sent on another two occasions.
According to the autumn report HMRC is "to make best endeavours to
implement the Poynter recomendations by 25 June 2011".
If you think this might be a rather leisurely response to the loss of
details on almost every UK family in 2007, the report tries to reassure
The department said it had already made good progress in removing the
ability to transfer data to USB sticks and CDs unless "there is a
compelling business case".
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