the void

The poorly redacted tender documents for the Personal Independence Payment have now been ‘disappeared’.  The PDF documents, which when converted into text files revealed a host of confidential information about successful bidders Atos, are no longer accessible via the parliament.uk website.

Luckily hundreds of people have spent the afternoon downloading and distributing the documents – a process that has been going on discreetly for almost two weeks now.

The documents were contained in the Deposited Papers Library, which is used by Ministers to make written information available to Parliament.  Ministers are warned in the guidance to using the library (PDF):  “Deposited Papers are made available to the general public via the Parliament website as supplied by you. You must ensure that the security of the format used reflects the sensitivity of the information contained in the documents (e.g., that redactions cannot be reversed) “

Despite this guidance, simply copying…

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