Eden Project suffers laptop data theft

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Eden Project suffers laptop data theft

Antony Savvas

The Eden Project has joined the growing ranks of organisations that have lost employee or customer data on a laptop, reports the BBC.

The high-profile Cornish environmental complex, which has become one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK, has confirmed the loss of a laptop from the car of an employee of Moorepay, the firm's payroll company.

Data lost includes employee names and addresses, bank details, NI numbers and the salaries of around 500 employees. There are fears the information could be used by identity thieves.

Geoff Sweeney, CTO at IT security company Tier-3, said, “This incident further highlights the need for all companies handling important data to have effective IT security policies and rigorous compliance procedures in place.”

It is not known whether the data on the stolen laptop was encrypted or even password protected.

In November last year, the Nationwide Building Society revealed a laptop containing customer data had been stolen three months earlier.

Early last month, Marks & Spencer announced a laptop containing the personal details of 26,000 employees had been stolen.

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