Filed under: Civil Liberties, Crime, FreeBritain, Laws & Regulations, Police State, Privacy | Tags: BBC, Data Protection, Government, Ministry of Defence, Technology, Theft
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted more than 650 laptops had been stolen over the past four years – nearly double the figure previously claimed.
The department also said that 26 portable memory sticks containing classified information had been either stolen or misplaced since January.
The Lib Dems condemned the latest security breaches as evidence of “shocking incompetence”.
But the MoD insisted that its policies were “generally fit for purpose”,
Previously the MoD had confessed to 347 laptops being stolen between 2004 and 2007.
But Defence Secretary Des Browne was forced to issue revised figures after “anomalies in the reporting process” were discovered.
The official total is now 658 laptops stolen, with another 89 lost. Just 32 have been recovered.
In a separate response, ministers said that 131 of the department’s USB memory sticks had been taken or misplaced since 2004.
Some 26 of those went this year – including three which contained information classified as “secret” and 19 which were “restricted”.
Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather discovered the information after tabling a question in parliament.
Ms Teather said: “It seems that this government simply cannot be trusted with keeping sensitive information safe.
“This shows a shocking degree of incompetence across the entire government.”
And you think you can trust the Government (more than yourself) with the vast amounts of data it will acquire and centralise with the ID Card?