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July 6th, 2008

Daily Mail Loses Employee Info In Laptop Theft Accident

A laptop containing names, addresses, bank accounts and sort codes of Mail and General Trust staff has been stolen, it emerged last week. The company told staff that the laptop was password protected – and so, presumably, not encrypted.

Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has admitted that a laptop containing financial and personal details of thousands of staff, suppliers and contributors has been stolen. The company confirmed that the staff had been informed. Police and the Information Commissioner were also informed.

According to the letter from Northcliffe Media sent to staff, and seen by the Reg, staff were advised to contact their bank to warn them of potential problems.

The letter, signed by group finance director M J Hindley, says that the likelihood is that this theft was carried out in an opportunistic manner by a thief who will not realize that there is any personal data on the laptop and who may just erase what is on the hard disk in order to disguise the fact that the laptop is stolen.

The company apologized for any inconvenience or annoyance caused by the theft. The company’s PR department said it had been advised to not give out any more information.

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