Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Will We Survive?

Good question and, going by the news today, the answer is a resounding: "NO!"

What a bunch of incompetent, bumbling idiots!!

Ignoring the fact that the first thing they have done is to blame a junior - who, lets face it, would have been told what to do by someone senior anyway - this type of data should never, never, never be left floating around on disks or mobile devices.

And I mean, NEVER!!

This is the type of data that should be stored in a centralised location under a strict security regime, with strict access and usage protocols.

Anybody else find it interesting that the preliminary of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29)*, under section 2 Sensitive Personal Data, doesn't cover your personal financial data??

The following is extracted directly from preliminary of the above site:


2 Sensitive personal data

In this Act “sensitive personal data” means personal data consisting of information as to—

(a) the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject,

(b) his political opinions,

(c) his religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature,

(d) whether he is a member of a trade union (within the meaning of the [1992 c. 52.] Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992),

(e) his physical or mental health or condition,

(f) his sexual life,

(g) the commission or alleged commission by him of any offence, or

(h) any proceedings for any offence committed or alleged to have been committed by him, the disposal of such proceedings or the sentence of any court in such proceedings.

Is there another act for the protection of personal financial data? Certainly the banks are criticised when they dump personal banking details without shredding them first, but what are the guidelines? Does anyone know?

Sorry for the rant ... grumpy today!
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