No need to tell ICO about laptop losses, says BBC


No need to tell ICO about laptop losses, says BBC

Ian Grant

No personal data was lost when BBC staff mislaid laptops and smartphones worth £240,000, the corporation has insisted.

A spokesman said, "The BBC has an automatic laptop encryption programme in place. When a BBC laptop or smartphone is lost we check if any personal data was lost, and an assessment is then made as to whether either the individuals or any authorities, including the ICO should be informed. None of the losses in question triggered any such notification."

A Freedom of Information enquiry by security software firm Absolute Software revealed that in the past two years BBC staff had lost 146 laptops, 65 mobile phones and 17 Blackberry devices worth a total £241,019.

One member of staff was investigated over the theft of a laptop but nobody was disciplined.

The BBC said 15 laptops, three mobiles and one Blackberry were recovered, reducing total losses.

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