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Unencrypted Laptops Stolen from Telecoms Firm

DATA THEFT—IRELAND

February 13, 2012

Telecommunications company eircom has reported that, in two separate instances, unencrypted laptops containing the personal information of approximately 7,000 customers and employees were stolen, CBR reports. Two of the laptops were stolen from the company's Dublin office and contained financial or bank details of nearly 150 individuals. Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said the breach is one of the "most serious" his office has seen, "Because the nature of the financial data that was on the unencrypted laptops puts people at risk of data theft and secondly, the long delay in telling people that their data had been compromised and giving them the opportunity to protect themselves." Hawkes added that his office is investigating the incident. 
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