As if lost discs containing personal data on hundreds and thousands of UK citizens and stolen laptops weren’t enough to make you worry about HMRC and its ability to protect your privacy, it seems that even HMRC employees are in the habit of violating your personal information
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Kennedy has revealed that 192 HMRC staffers were disciplined in 2007 for inappropriately accessing personal or sensitive data. HMRC says that it has a policy that employees only access personal data when there is a legitimate business need.
Kennedy says, “HMRC has a strict policy forbidding staff to access customer records, unless they have a legitimate business need. Breaches of this policy are taken seriously and any breach will result in the commencement of disciplinary proceedings. Each case is treated on its merits but in many cases, the disciplinary penalty for breach is dismissal." While 192 staffer’s sounds like a lot, Kennedy says that amounts to less than 1% of her staff. One could assume that all 192 of these staffers were fired.
Via Heise Online