Data for 1.7 Million People Missing

In another incident of a government data breach, possibly 1.7 million people may have had their personal information exposed by the British Ministry of Defence:

“…In some cases this would include data such as bank details, passport, National Insurance and National Health Service numbers, driver’s licence information and details of next of kin.”

link: Missing British computer drive could hold data on 1.7M people

The question is ‘why were these data not encrypted?’. There has to be consequences for this level of clumsy security with people’s private, confidential information. It is simply inept handling of sensitive information for almost two million people. All those people should receive free credit monitoring to protect against identity theft.

Catherine Forsythe