London, Aug.16 : Britain's Ministry of Justice has admitted to having lost the personal details of at least 45,000 people, including dates of birth, criminal records, national insurance numbers and court information last year. According to The Telegraph, the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) annual accounts also show that the data was lost in nine separate incidents, with the worst incident coming in June last year, which saw the loss of names, addresses and some bank details of 27,000 people working for suppliers to the MoJ.
The losses are the latest in a list of data blunders by Government departments, which included the loss of two CDs containing the entire child benefit database of 25 million families. The CDs are still missing.
The police were informed about six of the nine latest losses while 30,000 of the 45,000 people affected were not told that the Ministry of Justice had lost their details.
The Government is battling to restore people's trust over the way it handles private information of taxpayers.