Government’s ‘Cavalier attitude to personal data’

Commenting on yesterday’s statement by the Department for Transport Ruth Kelly on the loss of details of three million driving test candidates, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Susan Kramer MP said:

“This is yet another appalling example of the Government’s cavalier attitude to personal data. If my bank behaved like this I would change it – if only the general public were so fortunate.

“How can a Government with such a dismal record on this issue have the nerve to demand that we trust it to look after sensitive personal information on an ID card database?

“The Government knew about this in May. If it hadn’t been for the child benefits fiasco, how much longer would they have sat on the news? Is there anything else that they’re keeping from us?

“Perhaps it would save time if any departments that have not had major security breaches could let us know now.”