Sorry Henry but this is what shielding is for
.. If someone can without much trouble lift this data, does it not follow that databases like the national identity register and the children’s database, ContactPoint, are similarly insecure?
Even if Smith is unlikely to absorb this message now, MPs who worry about their personal information leaking to the press may like to think again about the merits of big, centralised databases. For that reason, we should welcome the Mail on Sunday’s scoop. Smith’s embarrassment is a fringe benefit, which we may think of as repayment to the taxpayer.
But special people will be ‘shielded’ by ContactPoint and we know that special people have “additional protection” from HMRC.
All for security purposes of course.
That many of us would like the same security is of no account, unless we can prove we are particularly vulnerable.
Otherwise we remain subject to a greater security risk than our representatives.
It really is a case of one rule for them and another for the rest of us.