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[ISN] M&S loses personal data on 26,000 employees
By INQUIRER newsdesk
08 May 2007
FAVE SHOP OF THE chattering classes, Marks and Spencer has become the
latest outfit to lose a laptop stuffed with empolyees' details.
The shop admitted the computer contained addresses, dates of birth,
national insurance and phone numbers of some 26,000 employees. It says
the laptop was stolen from a printing firm that had been given the
information in order to write to employees about pension changes.
M&S offered free credit checks to all staff affected by the possible
The PGP Corporation was quick to point out that had the company used its
software to encrypt the data it might have left itself less at risk.
"The only silver lining here as is true in most of these cases," said a
spokesPGPer, "is that it seems to have been an opportunistic theft
rather than a targeted attack."
He said companies need to realise that encryption and authorisation
controls are essential to protect sensitive customer and employee data,
"before legislation in this area drives greater punishment."
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