The government has, again, lost data. The latest case occurred when a laptop was taken, almost literally, from under their noses. Hazel Blears laptop was taken from her constituency offices on Saturday 14th June 2008. Hazel Blears is the Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government, she voted strongly for the Iraq qar, for ID cards, and very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
While the government have been keen to emphasis that the laptop contained no secret or “top secret” informaiton, it probably does contain restrict and confidential material.
A government spokeman said that the data was “protected”, but conspicuously omitted to state that the hard drive was encrypted. Surely all government hard drives should be encrypted? There are numerous encryption tools available; it can even happen at the hardware level, with laptop drives available with built in encryption.
The BBC reported this on 17th June 2008