Ministry of Defence loses soldiers' records

The Telegraph reports on another Government data loss scandal:

"Last week the Ministry of Defence said a computer hard drive with the private details of 100,000 members of Army, Royal Navy and RAF personnel, of all ranks, had gone missing from the premises of contractor EDS in Hook, Hampshire.

Defence minister Bob Ainsworth has admitted that the portable drive might also have "at worst" also contained the details of another 1.7 million individuals who had made enquiries about joining the Armed Forces.


Opposition parties said the disclosure showed that the hard-drive was "a potential goldmine for organised crime and could even compromise national security"."

Attempts have been made to kidnap and execute soldiers in Britain.  Losing their data couldn't be more serious.  Politicians and bureaucrats are risking people's security, as well as their privacy, with this kind of incompetence.

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