Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Concern for Residents’ Data Grows Following Council Report Into 388 Lost Laptops

This press release was sent to the local newspapers on the 14th of May 2014:

Windsor’s Labour Party has expressed concern at a report into 388 missing laptops at the Royal Borough’s council.

The report follows a letter from the Windsor Labour Party containing 10 key questions for the council to answer about the 388 missing laptops. After waiting over five months for answers to the Labour Party’s questions, the council finally responded on the 7th of May.

The startling report shines a light on information security incompetence at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead council over a period of at least ten years revealing that no disciplinary action has taken place over the issue and that the laptops could not be found. They also appear to have misled the public in a response to a Freedom of Information request by stating that only 6 laptops were missing.

Jenny Ward, the new Chair of Windsor Labour said “the council simply doesn’t know what data was on the missing laptops, or seemingly who they were issued to and that is extremely worrying.”

The council admitted that they’d sent a report to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the 28th of March following an investigation prompted by Windsor Labour’s query. In November 2013, a Councillor described the issue as “not a major security breach”.

The Labour Party has made the council response available on their blog at blog.windsorlabour.org.uk for local residents to enable them to give feedback before a formal response is made to the council.

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