Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Security a problem? Well I never.

The Customer Information System (CIS) database run by the DWP, holds records for everyone who has a National Insurance number in the UK. 140,000 people officials can obtain information from the database but the DWP has not been able to ensure that it is secure. Council workers have been found looking up the records of VIPs and acquaintances. Nine have even been sacked!

The Home Office was planning to use the CIS to store data for the ID card scheme in order to save money, it would have allowed the government to avoid building an entirely new system and security architecture. However, it is now reconsidering this idea until the system has 'full security accreditation. 'See here.

The Home Office will now store the biometric information for ID cards on a database run by French defence provider Thales, one of the main contractors for the ID card scheme. Thereby spending more millions of your taxes. Sacré bleu.

On Saturday, 10th October 2009 NO2ID groups from Manchester and across the UK will be holding street stalls in locations around Greater Manchester and spreading the word about the Manchester ID Card Con. It would be great if you could help.Don't be a guinea pig

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