European Data Protection Digest

Nearly 600 Storage Devices Missing from MoD

DATA LOSS—UK

July 30, 2010

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) released a report stating nearly 600 data storage devices were either lost or stolen over the past two years, reports Dark Reading--and only one in five of those devices was encrypted. In all, 340 laptops, 593 CDs, DVDs and floppy disks, 215 USB memory sticks, 96 removable hard disk drives and 13 mobile phones have gone missing, states the report. Eleven government departments were studied, racking up over 1,000 devices lost, with the MoD topping the list. In July of 2008, the MoD reported 658 stolen laptops.
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