State-snooping | Just maybe…

5 06 2010

News that the State Spying Machine is still in full swing.  I’m not stupid enough to believe that the Government or even Companies for that matter, wish to know your every move, and so only the most serious threats to their domination should be worried, the criminals slightly worried and the law-abiding very annoyed.

Annoyed due to the fact that your next-door neighbour who happens to be a nurse gets to gander at your progress at the wart clinic.  Annoyed as CCTV operator zooms in through your windows.  Annoyed so much in fact, that you may just bump yourself up into the two categories the Police State was meant to counter.

‘Big Brother’s’ little brother: Illegal snooping by town hall staff is up sixfold

By Jack Doyle, Daily Wail.  Last updated at 3:33 AM on 5th June 2010

More and more town hall bureaucrats have been caught snooping on private details held on a giant ‘Big Brother’ tax and benefits database.

Instances of unlawful hacking of the Customer Information System, which belongs to the Department of Work and Pensions and holds the personal records of 85 million people, have increased sixfold in a single year to more than two a week.

Council staff have looked at accounts belonging to their friends, family members, neighbours and even celebrities.

Some were dismissed as a result  –  but two thirds were let off with little more than a slap on the wrist.

Astonishingly, the DWP does not hold details of the number of its own staff caught doing the same thing.

This means the real level of unauthorised access could be much higher.

The revelations raised major questions about the number of people allowed to access the system.

In addition to workers at 445 local authorities across the UK, it is open to some 80,000 DWP employees and 60,000 workers from other government departments.

Civil liberties campaigners called for drastic cuts in those allowed to view the data.

Alex Deane, Director of Big Brother Watch, said: ‘This just goes to show that our private data is not safe with councils  –  the less they have of it, the better.’

The database holds a record of every single individual issued with a National Insurance number, including those who have died, each containing up to 9,800 pieces of information.

That includes details of their ethnicity, address, and tax status.

In addition, the system records the full income details of anyone receiving any kind of benefit, including 11.5million state pensioners, 2.65 million people on incapacity benefit and four million who claim pension credit or some kind of income support.

Freedom of Information Act requests revealed 124 security breaches by council staff last year, including those found looking at the accounts of friends, family, neighbours, or celebrities.

That is a sharp increase from just 20 in 2008/9. Of those 26 were dismissed and eight resigned during the disciplinary process. But 37 were given a written or verbal warning and 43 received no reprimand at all.

Officials at the department were so concerned about the scale of the problem that they contacted councils last year to warn of sanctions. But the scale of the problem increased regardless.

Organisations caught up in last year’s suspected breaches included London’s Islington, Barnet, Lambeth, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Westminster councils as well as Town Hall staff in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Sunderland, Liverpool, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Cambridge and Plymouth.

Prof Peter Sommer, an information security expert from the London School of Economics said: ‘It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that DWP appear not to hold these essential security breach statistics.’

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘DWP thoroughly deals with the risk to CIS by the small number of employees who commit unauthorised access.

– ‘DWP works closely with local authorities to investigate suspicions of unauthorised access enabling managers to consider disciplinary action where appropriate.’

– Every Google web search could be stored for up to two years under a controversial EU proposal that has the backing of more than 300 Euro-MPs.

‘Written Declaration 29’ is intended to be used as an early warning system to stop paedophiles.

But civil liberty groups say it is ‘completely unjustifiable’ intrusion into citizens’ privacy  –  and would not be effective because most paedophiles operate in chatrooms and private communication.

Not only that though, but also the leftarded Guardian are carrying a similar story.  This one feigning shock outrage at the anti-terror Police funding number-plate recognition cameras in Birmingham’s Muslim areas.  Considering that those who carry out Jihad usually do so due to an Islamic  religious persuasion, I would say that makes sense.  I’m just pee’d off that not only do the civil Police wish to do the job on the cheap, so do our anti-terror Cops.

On a side note, love how the preacher of the British multicultural paradise (so long as they don’t have to live in them) refer to British land as ‘Muslim areas’.  Where’s the diverse neighbourhoods we dreamed about?  Why all this segregation?  Is it natural?  And if so, why do governments seek to disrupt that balance?

We have been ruled by fools since year dot.  It will never change.




One response

5 06 2010
Silly Kuffar

We shall see what the ConDem Great Repeal Bill shall bring in regards to this. In those cases where their has been snooping for private political ,personal reasons, have the culprits broken the FOIA, and therfore liable to prosecution ?

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