Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Staff Details 'Not Stolen from IT Systems'

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Staff Details 'Not Stolen from IT Systems'

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An internal Whitehall investigation into the theft of thousands of civil servants' personal details as part of a tax credits scam last year has revealed that the information was not obtained through a breach of departmental IT systems.

A joint investigation by Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions found that personal details of around 8,800 staff at Jobcentre Plus, an executive agency of the DWP, were stolen through copies of paper-based documents put together to assist the DWP's staff appraisal process for 2003/04.

When the fraud was uncovered late last year, it had been feared that criminals had used Whitehall computer systems to access the information.

A DWP memo from human resources director Kevin White states: 'We have been able to narrow down how the information became available. …

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