Stolen laptops biggest danger as extent of UK data losses revealed

Karl Flinders reports:

UK CIOs reported 356 data loss incidents last year, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a software supplier has revealed.

The FOI request to the information commissioner’s office by Software AG revealed that within the 356 reported incidents 71 memory sticks and CDs were lost, 127 devices including laptops were stolen and there were 24 incidents of data lost in transit via courier services.

On 78 occasions data was disclosed in error. This included packages being wrongly addressed and arriving at the wrong place.

The 356 incidents between November 2008 and September 2009 compared with 190 incidents between October 2007 and November 2008, said Software AG.

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