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Stolen Laptop Contained Children’s Data

DATA LOSS—UK

September 18, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating the theft of an Edinburgh Council laptop used by a fostering service consultant. The laptop reportedly contained sensitive details of dozens of cases, “including assessments of the prospective foster and adoptive parents, TechWeekEurope reports. Though it is believed thieves would have wiped the computer clean for resale, the council has contacted “the majority of those involved” and issued an apology. An ICO spokesman said, “We will be making enquiries into the circumstances of the alleged breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken.”
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