UK: Home Office guilty of data breach

The Home Office broke data protection laws when a contractor lost a memory stick with information on thousands of prisoners, a watchdog has ruled.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said the Home Office must also sign a formal undertaking to improve its procedures for protecting data.

A PA Consulting employee left the stick in an unlocked drawer last August.

It contained the names, addresses and expected release dates of 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales.

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