The Driving Standards Agency has admitted that it lost details of 3 million learner drivers around the UK. In a speech in Parliament on Monday, transport minister Ruth Kelly said that they were lost by a third-party contractor, Pearson Driving Assessments Ltd, in May of this year.
“Pearson Driving Assessments Ltd, a private contractor to the Driving Standards Agency, informed the agency that a hard disk had gone missing from its secure facility in Iowa City, Iowa,” said Kelly. “The hard-disk drive contained the records of just over three million candidates for the driving theory test.”
The lost details contains names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of people that did the test between September 2004 and April this year.
It does not contain any banking or credit card details. Kelly also said that the hard drive was formatted to be read on Pearson’s systems; and would be unreadable on any other computer.
The third-party contractor now uses electronic transfer in place of hard disks, according to the transport minister.