Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

In a spin over missing discs

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I have just read that the Driving and Vehicle Agency has managed to lose two discs containing the vehicle registration details for over 6,000 people in Northern Ireland.

I have to ask why Government agencies are still unable to store information centrally so that it can be accessed by the relevant agencies as the need arises, rather than the outdated practice of moving information around on CDs.

Instead of concentrating on whether data in transit is encrypted or whether correct procedures were adhered to, the focus should be on providing the IT infrastructure and training required to remove the need to physically move data around on CDs.

Like the Westminster Government itself, the practice of sending data on CDs is outdated, inefficient and was not mandated by the voting public and therefore needs to be completely overhauled or preferably replaced altogether.

Steven, Newtownbreda

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