The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into the loss of a hard drive that, according to reports by the BBC, may contain personal data on 100,000 soldiers and up to 600,000 army applicants, including passport numbers and some bank account details.
IT contractor EDS informed the MoD that it could not account for the hard drive earlier this week. “Following a data audit that we carried out under the terms of the Cabinet Office’s Data Handling Review, we have been unable to account for a removable hard drive that was held in a secure location at our facility in Hook,” EDS said in a statement.
“There is no evidence that security at the site has been breached,” it added.
Last month, IT services provider PA Consulting was dropped from a Home Office contract worth £15 million after one of its employees mislaid a USB stick containing the personal details of 850,000 prisoners. “[This is] a huge blow in a sector where track record and reputation are vitally important,” Ovum analyst Tola Sargeant said at the time.
An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office in July this year found that the MoD had lost 658 laptops since January.
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