European Data Protection Digest

Customer Data Stolen from Defunct Travel Company

DATA THEFT—IRELAND

February 19, 2010

Gardaí are investigating the theft of a memory stick containing information on an estimated 90,000 customers of Budget Travel, a company that went into liquidation last year, the Irish Times reports. Simon Coyle, the company's liquidator, confirmed that "tens of thousands" of customer details--including names and e-mail addresses--were stored on the portable memory device, which was taken during a theft from the company's Dublin headquarters, the report states. Deputy Data Protection Commissioner Gary Davis, who confirmed the theft was reported shortly after it occurred on February 1, has said there does not appear to be a risk of identity theft related to the incident because there were no financial account details on the device.
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