Edinburgh City Council Investigates Laptop Theft

Loss of senstive personal data.

How much

 The Edinburgh Evening News reported that an unencrypted laptop containing sensitive personal data relating to vulnerable children was stolen from the home of a consultant who conducts reviews of foster and adoptive parents in Edinburgh.

The police believe that the data on the laptop was not targeted, and the Council claims to have contacted “as many as possible” of those whose details were contained on the laptop.

Working with BT the City of Edinburgh Council had taken measures to encrypt some 8000 computers belonging to the council, following an IT security review in 2010. It would appear that the issue here was a failure to ensure that third parties also handling this data followed the same security measures.

None to date.

Regulatory action
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Reason for action
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September 2012