Of the 1000 people polled, a fifth of those surveyed, or their close friends or family, have been the victim of data theft or identity fraud.
Commenting on the result, Brian Spector, CEO at MIRACL, said: “Consumers are surprisingly laid back about the potential risks of filling in their tax returns online. It’s true that you could lose money if your financial details were stolen while online shopping, but the volume of data involved in filling out a tax return online makes this a far greater risk.
“With all the financial data involved in a tax return, a criminal could potentially take out a mortgage in your name. Data theft and identity fraud is a multi-billion dollar business on the dark web, and so consumers must be vigilant.”
Bull added: “I don’t think people in individual camps are doing anything to present a balanced view. If you were going to make a decision that would affect you for the rest of your life, you would want to do it with the benefit of a few facts.”
RITA discovered the loss on 10 November 2015, but waited until 31 December to drip out the news. The disc contained copies of income tax documents, as well as names, addresses, social security numbers.
RITA was preparing a backup of DVDs for destruction when it noticed that one of the cases was empty, the agency revealed in a statement. The backups had been stored offsite at a "third-party vendor's secure facility."
RITA’s bungle conjures flashbacks to HMRC’s child benefit claimants’ data loss.