BBC R4 Today - why did PA have prison database download?

I said on the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme this morning (approx 8.30am) that the loss of a memory stick by PA Consulting raises questions about why a private contractor had access to government data on 84,000 criminals. Does this mean private companies will also have access, on the quiet, to patient-identiable information under the NHS’s National Programme for IT? I also said that there is so little independent scrutiny of the government machine, and so much secrecy, that the only time systemic failures come to light is when there is a, well, systemic failure.  

Links:

Errors in thousands of records in prison system – EDS study

Prisoner database riddled with errors – Computer Weekly

Government scales down prison IT project after costs spiral – Computer Weekly

Massive failure over data loss – BBC news

Clip from Today programme – BBC Radio 4

 

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