European Data Protection Digest

Airport Leaves Sensitive Employee Data Exposed

DATA LOSS—UK

May 27, 2011

The management company running Dundee Airport says it's close to completing its investigation of how documents containing names, addresses and national insurance numbers of security staff were left in an unsecured area of the airport. While exposing this data presents the risk of identity theft for the employees, the information is that which is used to earn security clearance for staff to work airside at any British airport, reports The Courier. Staff members notified the airport management company of the breach, and three employees have since been suspended as a precaution. Airport staff has contacted the Department of Transport over concerns that the company's internal investigation is unsatisfactory.
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