The Independent reports on the loss of government computers in Ireland that put the private data of citizens at risk:
More than 50 laptops have been lost or stolen from government departments in the past 18 months.
Sensitive personal information on 160 students was contained on one missing laptop. It is the first instance of data about young people leaking into the public domain in this country — and the data was not encrypted.
An investigation by the Irish Independent has found that 51 laptops, 21 BlackBerrys, one Mac computer and two memory sticks have been lost by 19 government departments and their employees since 2008. […]
The Irish Independent investigation also uncovered an incident recorded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, where payroll information for staff was lost. A member of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Office lost a laptop containing the payroll information.
Only two government departments — the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs — did not lose any computer data devices since the start of 2008. Most departments said all new laptops were encrypted.