HMRC's lost disks turn up...on Ebay.

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Bids were rolling in on the online auction site Ebay for an item listed as "child benefit cd x 2 millions of personal details" The item has subsequently been removed from the auction site.

This follows yesterday's revelation that a junior official at HMRC was free to dump the entire contents of the Child Benefit database on to a couple of CDs without any form of internal control or safeguard. The CD was then lost in the post

Had Ebay not pulled the plug on the mock auction, then competition was expected to be tough for this item listed as

"FANTASTIC DOUBLE CD RELEASED BY HM GOV" .

"A PERFECT GIFT FOR A SHADY FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND JUST IN TIME FOR BUMPER CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE AT NO COST TO THE RECIPIENT!"

The disks contain personal details of claimants including their NI numbers and...

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