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The message about the need to protect data appears to be one that is taking its time to get through to councils as private data has been lost or stolen more than 1,000 times since 2008 according to a Big Brother Watch report.
The campaign group found that there had been data loss incidents across 132 local authorities with 244 laptops lost, 98 memory sticks and 93 mobile devices also went missing.
But of the 1035 incidents only 55 were reported to the Information Commissioner's Office, which is meant to be the body responsible for policing the way data is managed.
Big Brother Watch stated that the lost of data was a threat to personal privacy and cicil liberties and added that not enough was being done to protect personal records.