Archive for January 11th, 2008

January 11th, 2008

Trust me, I’m a Data Protection Officer

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It seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to reveal as much about everyone to everyone else as they can.

Hot on the heels of the recent government ‘slip-ups’ with our personal data the police are keen to join in. It must be something to do with chief constables wanting to say "how high" whenever the government want to bring in a  new scheme and say "jump".

Recent news reports revealed how one Home Counties force mistakenly emailed its database of police support staff’s personal details to the wrong location putting all its staff in danger of identity fraud. And one western police force leaving its personal data on a floppy disk at a local tip.

Not to be outdone Cleveland Police have left a load of documents containing names, dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers of dozens of members of the public in a Teeside street.

It’s amazing how the government, among others, consistently spout forth on subjects like identity cards & DNA databases & how the public can have complete confidence in the measures put in place to protect them, and all this incompetence is still rife.

I’m no longer supplying any details to anyone; posting them in 6 foot high letters on the side of the Post Office Tower will soon become compulsory.