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UK Government Loses Prisoners' Data

The U.K. Government has been rocked by yet another data breach, the latest in a recent surge of embarrassing storage snafus.

Government ministers today blamed a private contractor for losing an unencrypted USB stick containing details on tens of thousands of criminals.

I am extremely concerned and disappointed,” said Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who is responsible for the country’s prisons. “That data was held in a secure site by an external contractor, was downloaded at that external contractor’s onto a memory stick, and that memory stick has been mislaid.”

The USB contained details on 10,000 serious offenders, as well as details of all 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales, and it includes 33,000 records from the U.K.’s Police National Computer.

Media reports named PA Consulting as the contractor involved in the missing media fiasco, although the London-based firm has not yet divulged any details of how the USB was lost.

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