Tuesday, 8 May 2012
India In The Driving Seat
Few of us may be aware that the Westminster government has apparently 'secretly agreed' with IBM that sensitive personal data on all 43 million drivers in the UK can be accessed offshore in India.
The data move is part of cost cutting measures by IBM, not the government, according to a recent report in the Observer.
The move was revealed after IBM, which runs the congestion charge zone for Transport for London, lobbied for a change to allow the data to be moved to a cheaper storage location.
The reason the move is controversial is because sensitive data from the DVLA, including credit card details, home addresses and registration plates, will now be moved outside the UK.
The decision was not publicly announced and the Observer cited union sources from the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union as saying that it appears neither IBM or DVLA were planning to tell anyone about it once the government apparently approved the decision following a review by ministers.
The move of British driver data to India is expected to be completed by 18 May.
In March the Lloyds Banking Group decided to offshore 503 IT jobs to India. There were no protests from MPs as far as I'm aware.
This mass exodus of services offshore and in particular India, is surely inappropriate in times when we have millions unemployed. How much more corporate greed do we have to witness before politicians realise that privatising public services and public funds and outsourcing to other countries is a short term quick fix with a long term ever increasing cost and the only people who will benefit are the fat cats at the top of the pile? It does not improve the quality of service - in fact quite the opposite.
So much for 'job creation' when our politicians are allowing our public services to be creating jobs in foreign countries and thus making our own public service employees redundant.