By Mark Ballard
04 Aug 2009
Nine staff have been sacked from their local authority jobs for snooping
on personal records of celebrities and personal acquaintances held on
the core database of the government's National Identity Scheme.
They are among 34 council workers who illegally accessed the Customer
Information System (CIS) database, which holds the biographical data of
the population that will underpin the government's multi-billion-pound
ID card programme.
The disclosures, obtained by Computer Weekly using the Freedom of
Information Act, will add to calls for the government to come clean over
the security of the National Identity Scheme.
The CIS database, run by the Department for Work and Pensions, stores up
to 9,800 items of information on 92 million people, including sensitive
data, such as ethnicity, relationship history, whether someone is being
investigated for fraud and whether they have special needs.
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