Data Loss: Neath Port Talbot Council

In what is probably the last data loss to be reported in 2008, a memory stick that is believed to contain confidential information has been lost by a council employee.

As always, USB drive was not encrypted, and the council has, as always, launched an internal investigation.

From the time line it appears the council only knew about the loss when it had been found by a member of the public and then handed in to the council.

It is believed to contain information on child protection and whether or not the children’s parents claimed state benefits. One foster carer claimed the information could put children at risk. Choosing to remain anonymous, he told the South Wales Evening Post the children he cared for were ‘end-of-the-line kids’.He said: “If the people around here knew about their backgrounds, I would probably get a brick through the window. In some cases if the information got out, it could put them at risk.”

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