This just in from CCHQ on the latest data loss:
"Government must now come clean on overseas data centres
Following the news that the personal data of 3 million driving learners has been lost by DVLA contractors in Iowa, United States, Conservatives are demanding that the Government publish a list of all the ‘processing centres’ used by the Government outside the UK and outside Europe.
The Data Protection Act 1998 states that personal data should not be sent outside the European Economic Area unless “adequate protection” is in place. Conservatives are calling on the Government to conduct an urgent audit and publish a public list of every government department, agency and their contractors which are processing data outside the United Kingdom and the EEA, and what measures are being taken in each case to maintain data security.
Nick Herbert, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, said:
"The public will be rightly concerned that their personal data can be sent abroad without proper protection. The Government must now come clean and publish the list of every overseas data processing centre and what measures are being taken to ensure robust security. The public have a right to know.
"It beggars belief that in the 21st Century, such sensitive information is not being transferred securely.""
Theresa Villiers’ statement: "This latest debacle shows a systemic failure within the Government’s data protection controls. The words Labour and incompetence are now synonymous."
Theresa said this incident must spell the end for Labour’s proposed national road pricing scheme: "How can the public possibly trust this incompetent department with information on every journey made by the 33 million vehicles on Britain’s roads?"