Panasonic UK

Breach details

What Theft of an unencrypted laptop containing personal data including names, passport details, addresses and contact details.
How much 970 records.
When 08 August 2012.
Why An unencrypted, unsecured laptop containing the details of 970 individuals who had attended hospitality events organised by Panasonic UK was stolen from an unlocked hotel room. These events were being run by a third party company on behalf of Panasonic, and Panasonic’s comprehensive data protection policies that would have prevented this breach were therefore not automatically applied. However, it appears that these policies were not communicated to the company and the data protection provisions listed in the contract were extremely limited. Moreover, passport information was collected from all guests and then retained regardless of whether this information was necessary.

Regulatory action

Regulator ICO
Action Undertaking to comply with the seventh data protection principle.
When Unknown.
Details Panasonic UK is to ensure that all third party company data controllers are governed by adequate contracts and checks to ensure that they are complying with data protection policies. Panasonic are also to ensure that personal data is only collected for a specified, valid purpose and is not retained for longer than is necessary. Other security measures should be implemented as appropriate.