UPDATE: Zurich data loss affects 641,000

Leo King reports:

Insurance giant Zurich has lost the sensitive personal account details of 641,000 customers held on backup tape.

The company admitted the tape had been missing for over a year in South Africa, after it was lost en route to a secure storage unit in August 2008. But it has only just noticed the loss, and launched an investigation.

Zurich confirmed to Computerworld UK that the tape contained the details of 51,000 UK customers. Its entire South African customer base of 550,000 clients was also lost, alongside the details of 40,000 customers in Botswana.

In some cases the losses involved names and contact details, as well as bank details for customer payments.

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