Jun 082010
 June 8, 2010  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jack Doyle reports:

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.

Read more in the Daily Mail. The Register picks up the story.

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