HSE stolen laptop contains personal financial data

A non-encrypted laptop computer stolen from a Health Service Executive (HSE) office contains sensitive personal financial data on people who have approached community welfare officers seeking assistance.

The laptop containing the data was one of 15 computers stolen from HSE offices in Roscommon town at the weekend.

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One of the two non-encrypted laptops contained sensitive personal financial information on members of the public who had contacted community welfare officers. The second non-encrypted laptop contained slides for a staff presentation, which did not contain sensitive information. The other 13 laptops stolen were encrypted and could not be accessed by whoever stole them.

The computers were stolen from the offices of the HSE’s department of primary, community and continuing care on Lanesboro Road, Roscommon town. Garda sources said HSE staff were satisfied the laptops were not missing when the last workers left between 5.30pm and 6pm on Friday. The theft was discovered at about 11.30am on Saturday.

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