1,000 UK government laptops, computers and data sticks missing since election

The Irish Examiner reports:

At least 1,000 government laptops, computers and data sticks have been reported lost or stolen since the general election, according to official figures.

Equipment went missing from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at an average rate of more than one a day, according to records obtained under Freedom of Information (FoI) laws.

Overall, the losses across government are likely to be much higher as a number of departments used legal technicalities to refuse to release the information.

Campaigners said the reasons being used by Whitehall to avoid answering the FoI requests were “stretching credibility to well beyond its snapping point”.

Most of the departments that did disclose information about missing items refused to say if they contained sensitive or confidential information.


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