Firms admit to two more cases of personal data loss

Personal details of another 7,000 people in the UK may have gone missing after two more organisations admitted to a breach of data security. The largest of the latest incidents is at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Northern Ireland which lost two discs containing details of more than 6,000 car owners, according to BBC News. The discs went missing after being posted to the DVLA head office in Swansea. The data was not encrypted, and included details of vehicle ownership but no financial information.

Last week the agency also admitted to sending confidential information by post to the wrong people, affecting about 100 drivers. The other incident took place at Leeds Building Society where 1,000 employees' salary and banking details have been "unaccounted for" after an office move. But the company said it believes there is no evidence that the information has been taken out of the building.

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There's nothing new here! Disks and laptops loaded with customer and citizen's data go missing all the time. Why is anyone surprised? Who the heck needs a 120 GB HDD on a laptop? It just encourages stupidity, just as huge USB disk drives.

Wake up people, fight the introduction of ID cards (and the database behind them), We are heading towards a dangerous "Big Brother" society, where the vast majority will becomes slaves to the few old moneyed families!

Data Protection Act Rule #1: Data should always be encrypted

What are these companies playing at! You don't put banking details on a CD, you just don't, it's basic common sense. I wouldn't put my hotmail passwords on a CD without knowing it can't be obtained, let alone sensitive data.

Once again, the UK gov's IT infrastructure is shown to be still at mid 90s levels. Whatever happened to secure websites? I'd laugh, but it's way too serious.