Another Massive MoD Data Loss
UK Government offices continue their losing streak... that is, the streak of losing data. I'm actually bored of Highlighting stories about this.
The portable drive contains the names, addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth and driving licence details of around 100,000 serving personnel across the Army, Royal Navy and RAF, plus their next-of-kin details.
It also has data on 600,000 potential services applicants and the names of their referees.
Officials are "not ruling out" the risk that bank account details of personnel were held on the drive, which belonged to its IT contractor EDS.
The department said it learned of the loss on Wednesday and MoD Police were investigating.
Liberal Democrat shadow defence secretary, Nick Harvey said: "This is extremely serious news and the immediate priority must be to ensure the security of all military personnel.
"However, once that has been established, there must be an urgent investigation into how such a disturbing breach of security could be allowed to happen."
The MoD spokeswoman was unable to confirm reports that the missing data was not encrypted.