We all know that data security is a big issue right now. The loss of personal details on such a scale as 25 million is never going to be small news. However, I have just noticed in Hansard a response to a question to the House of Commons Commission about their practices and it says
TNT have been used to courier information such as Committee and Delegation papers, artwork and images but only rarely have they been used to transport personal data such as passports and then only in cases of urgency.OK, fair enough. But here is a question that's just occured to me, and one to which I doubt that an answer will likely be given.
If TNT, and possibly aother couriers are used to transport documents and papers, what level or method is used to transport really really important paper. You know, like "eyes only" stuff where there is only a paper record and not an electronic one? Like I say, I doubt you'll ever get an answer but whilst we're all talking about personal data, what about highly secretive state data?
I don't necessarily mean intelligence here, we could be talking about anything really that could contain significant data of a valuable nature, both political and commerical. How is that transported around, and how secure has that method of transport been?
The Government and Civil Service have a standing policy on the matter of leak inquiries to say words to the effect of "it has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the subject or outcome of leak inquiries". How many leak inquiries I wonder have found that the leaks have come from poor security proceudres on the transportation of documents?