Reward for missing HMRC disks - why?

I'm scratching my head over the news that HMRC is offering a substantial reward for the return of their missing child benefit data CDs.

As has been said elsewhere (see posting dated November 24th, 2007), the data hasn't been so much "lost" as "published". If the CDs genuinely have fallen into the hands of a ne'er-do-well, they would certainly have the sense to take a copy of the contents, before attempting to claim the reward - in fact, I idly wonder if the reward is a hook such that, if return is attempted, the returnee will immediately be arrested, have their home thoroughly searched for backup media, and have their computer equipment seized for forensic examination to determine whether such a backup exists on hard disk.

I also idly wonder what HMRC's response would be, if they were to receive multiple, identical copies of the discs, from multiple sources? After all, this is quite possibly the distribution status of the data, by now...

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Well, if someone does have the disks, and has made copies of them, they could always hand in the originals and confide the copies to some kind of dead-letter drop... TNT, perhaps? ;\^)

Posted by Robin Wilton on March 06, 2008 at 02:11 AM GMT #

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