Whatever my feelings about some MPs and their expense claims, I have to be grateful to them for providing, today, yet another good case study on personal data. Yesterday, I remarked in passing that ‘there are many other ways in which that information can reach the public domain’.
Today’s news story reveals one of the more powerful – the pull of money: apparently £300,000 will get you a leaked copy of all their receipts.
Back in November 2007, in the wake of the HMRC data breach, I referred to the bon mot which Willy Sutton apparently never uttered – that he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is”. Whether he did or did not, the principle holds good: the theft of personal data is attractive because there’s money in it.