The Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Loss of sensitive personal data.

How much
Approximately 6,282 records.

An unencrypted laptop computer and memory stick were lost or stolen from a roadside vehicle as an ATL staff member was packing his car.


Regulatory action
Undertaking issued to ensure that all portable media devices used to store or transmit personal data are suitably encrypted. Staff will be prohibited from storing data on personal memory sticks. Staff must be made aware of and trained to follow the data controller’s policy for the storage, use, or disposal of personal data.

Reason for action
The laptop was the property of ATL and contained sensitive personal data relating to some 6,282 union members. The memory stick was personally owned by the member of staff and contained duplicates of 3,366 of the laptop records.

14 January 2010

View PDF of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Undertaking (Breach Watch Archive)