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Thursday, 22 November 2007

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Another civil servant tosses away a damaged CD

A Government inquiry has revealed that the civil servant who lost a CD containing sensitive data about child benefit claimants, had thought the CD was a frisbee and had been playing with it in his back garden when it got thrown over a hedge and was lost.

The overpaid young clerk, Mr. Tom Shitforbrains, said that nobody had ever told him not to download sensitive data, put it on a frisbee and throw it over the garden fence.

"It was a genuine mistake", the numbskull added. "When I went over the fence to retrieve what I thought was a frisbee I noticed it was gone and a masked man was running off with it in his hands towards a van that was marked Identity Thieves R Us."

A union representative backed him up, saying:

"The Government needs a clearer security policy, which differentiates between CDs and frisbees. Both look so alike that anyone could make a mistake."

The blunder is said to have exposed millions of people to the risk of identity theft and loss of all the money in their bank accounts. However, a security expert said:

"Based on 35 years of experience in the industry, I would say that the only person who's safe is the civil servant who lost the data. Nobody in their right mind would want to steal his identity right now."

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