The latest security leak to emanate from HM Government comes courtesy of the Ministry of Justice (or whatever the Lord Chancellor's Department is called this week) and the Court Service.
Apparently four CDs containing details on 55
defendants and other restricted information related to people in the Manchester area –
part of an investigation into claims that magistrates were dropping cases where the defendants do not turn up to court dates – were sent recorded delivery on 15 December but never
arrived. (Quelle surprise, mail gets lost in the post at Christmas.) Reports suggest the 4 CDs were neither password-protected nor encrypted.
The Ministry of Justice made the following statement:
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Court Administration (HMICA)
confirms that 4 CDROMs are missing. They were sent recorded delivery.
Ministers and the Information Commissioner were notified immediately it
was recognised that personal data had been lost. An investigation is
underway so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.