Whitehall losing one computer a week

In recent months, on average, one government computer has gone missing, as admitted by ministers. According to a survey by conservatives, 53 computers have disappeared this year along with 30 mobile phones, 36 Blackberries and 4 memory sticks. Tory frontbencher, Grant Shapps, said that the Whitehall security needs to be reviewed. This demand has come only a year after Gordon Brown apologised that they had lost data disks which contained information of around 25 million people.

Mr Shapps, the housing minister recently wrote a letter to ministers asking about all the data and equipment that has been lost by their department last year. Health department lost the most computers with 14 of them disappearing. A spokesperson added that all these incidents were investigated. He also said that all the portable equipment was marked with an invisible dye which can easily help to detect or prevent theft.

There was only one incident that involved personal data loss. An outside contractor had leaked the details of a junior doctor. The Department for Children has lost 13 computers which contained information of schools and families. The Department for International Development has lost 9 computers, but all the information was stored in an encrypted form thus making it more secure.

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