"Staff at 30 local authorities have been responsible for security breaches of the government database that will help make up the national ID cards programme. The public sector workers viewed personal records on the Customer Information System (CIS) run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The database contains personal data for the majority of UK citizens, including benefit recipients, pensioners and anyone with a national insurance number. The breaches were discovered following routine checks, and found that staff at 30 local authorities have accessed personal records, “without business justification”, since 2006. The DWP CIS database will form the majority of the biometrics-based national identity register under the government's ID cards scheme." care of NCC, a security consultancy.
So, the 'it's so secure you don't need to worry' national identity database that will have biometric data (good luck getting a new fingerprint issued after it gets compromised) that I've been viewing as a honeypot that will attract every idenity thief who can get online, is also going to leak like a sieve to internal users. There are supposed to be stern punishments that will deter people from just rummaging around the national ID database; let's see if they get applied this time then.