Fraser Nelson over the Coffee Hosue has hit the nail on the head it seems. The Government just don't seem to get how serious this failure in security with our data has been. Working in the IT industry I have spoken to quite a few people today about it, and amongst the incredulous reactions to such incompetence there have also been stories from others who have worked on, or know people that have worked in Government.
I think this big bang of a story could just be the beginning. Over the coming days and possibly weeks I will not be the least bit surprised if we hear of other security breaches, bad practice and other systems that have design flaws. We should not forget that it is not just central Government that holds our data. Local authorities hold, for example, bank details for Council Tax reasons. Marked electoral registers, the Land Registry, the tax credit system, local authroity benefit systems, there are numerous localised systems out there where problems could be going on too.
Frankly, the level and complexity of the IT infrastructure in the country that contains data on our lives, and the manner in which it is held and managed, are all potential ticking timebombs. If central Government can be so lax with 25 million records, what's the likelihood that a temp in your local Council office isn't equally cavalier?