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Witless Protection

Posted in database state by ukliberty on December 5, 2007

The Telegraph:

Hundreds of people in police witness protection programmes have been put at risk by the loss of millions of child benefit records, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The missing data discs are understood to contain both the real names and the new identities of up to 350 people who have had their identities changed after giving evidence against major criminals.

The development is one of the most serious so far in the missing data discs scandal, in which the child benefit records of 25 million people – including their names, addresses, birth dates, national insurance numbers and bank account details – were lost by HM Revenue and Customs.

The new identities of protected witnesses would be valuable property on the criminal market and, if they fell into the wrong hands, could place their lives and those of their families in jeopardy.

It will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide the witnesses with yet another identity.

Update

SpyBlog:

Why is there still no offer of a substantial financial reward and a promise of immunity from prosecution, in return for these missing CDs, forthcoming from the Government ?

News just in:

A reward of £20,000 is being offered for the return of the HM Revenue and Customs CDs containing the personal details of 25 million people. (BBC)

SpyBlog:

What about all the other categories of people whose real names and home addresses could also have been revealed e.g. Police Officers, Prison Warders, Judges, Intelligence Agency employees, and frontline Military Personnel currently facing the risk of capture and torture by our enemies in Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran etc.?

Quite. They have all been betrayed and endangered by the government.

Such issues aren’t just about identity fraud and financial risk, but about what sort of crimes and other abuses that can be perpetrated with access to this kind of information.

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