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Jacqui Smith under fire as Home Office data-loss firm will be kept on… and they’ll be handling ID cards too

Posted By admin On August 23, 2008 @ 1:59 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

James Slack
UK Daily Mail [1]
Saturday, Aug 23, 2008

Jacqui Smith was under fire for failing to sack the private contractor which lost personal data on thousands of criminals.

The Home Secretary said PA Consulting – which has won Government contracts worth £240million since 2004 – broke the rules on secret data.

But Whitehall officials made clear it will continue to be paid vast sums of taxpayers’ money.

They are effectively powerless to act because axeing the firm would throw a string of major Government projects into chaos.

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This means they will continue running a number of lucrative contracts, including the one involving the most sensitive personal data – the introduction of ID cards and biometric passports.

Critics said it raised questions as to whether the Home Office is capable of protecting the personal information of Britain’s citizens.

Miss Smith has already come under fire for trying to ‘abdicate’ her own responsibility for the latest fiasco – in which the names, addresses and even prison release dates of up to 127,000 hardened criminals were lost when a single computer memory stick went missing.

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[1] UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1047888/Jacqui-Smith-Home-Office-data-loss-firm-kept--theyll-handling-ID-cards-too.html

[2] Jacqui Smith warned by first group to be given ID cards that they will not improve security: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-warned-by-first-group-to-be-given-id-cards-that-they-will-not-improve-security.html

[3] First ID cards for Britons from autumn next year, Jacqui Smith to say: http://www.prisonplanet.com/first-id-cards-for-britons-from-autumn-next-year-jacqui-smith-to-say.html

[4] Jacqui Smith wants Post Offices and high street shops to take ID card fingerprints: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-wants-post-offices-and-high-street-shops-to-take-id-card-fingerprints.html

[5] Banned US shock jock Michael Savage sues Jacqui Smith for putting him on ‘least-wanted list’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/banned-us-shock-jock-michael-savage-sues-jacqui-smith-for-putting-him-on-least-wanted-list.html

[6] Jacqui Smith resurrects 42-days after Lords rejection: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jacqui-smith-resurrects-42-days-after-lords-rejection.html

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