The head of the United Kingdom's tax authority, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, resigned after it was revealed that two discs with information on 25 million people from 7.25 million families was missing.

Chancellor Alistair Darling revealed that the discs contained information on all the recipients of child benefits. That included the child and parent's name, address, date of birth, child benefit numbers, national insurance numbers and bank account numbers.

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