Government Must be Held Responsible for Website Security Breach

May 8, 2007 6:31 PM

Today, it was revealed that the Information Commissioner will be launching an investigation into security breaches of the Medical Training Application Service website.

In a letter announcing the news, Richard Thomas says he 'considers that the alleged breaches in question may amount to an issue of general and serious public concern and importance'. He adds that the Department of Health has been asked to provide details of its investigation into the breaches and the action which they are taking to prevent a further occurrence.

The letter comes alongside today's calls by junior doctors whose details were leaked onto the internet for the police to mount a criminal investigation against those responsible.

Commenting, Jenny said:

"The Government must be held responsible for the full implications of this security breach.

"Hundreds of graduates in Wales have had their details made public and criminal offences may have been committed as a result.

"It is simply not good enough for Patricia Hewitt to say she's sorry. The fact that it may amount to a criminal offence is very serious.

"The Government must cooperate fully with the Information Commissioner so we can uncover exactly how things have gone so badly wrong."

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