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Laptop Stolen, Data Lost

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

February 25, 2011

An ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services data loss is unlikely to result in identity theft, according to Department Minister Joy Burch. ABC News reports that an employee broke protocol last November and brought home a laptop containing client data which was then stolen. Burch said the computer contained surnames, some given names, postcodes and possibly dates of birth. The affected clients have been notified, but an opposition spokesman is questioning why it took the department two-and-a-half months to send the notification letters. Burch says the delay was necessary to figure out which clients needed to be notified.
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