The recent loss of the mobile phone of a political editor highlights the increasing need to ensure that such devices, and the information they contain, are protected. The BBC’s Nick Robinson recently lost his phone while watching a Manchester United game and it is now being treated as a serious security breach by the government. It is believed that the mobile phone contains a large number of personal contact details for key political figures, including the prime minister and the majority of the cabinet. A BBC spokesman explained the body had taken the necessary steps once it had learnt about the lost phone and that it appears there has been no misuse of the data.
“When Nick Robinson lost his mobile phone some weeks ago he informed some of his contacts out of courtesy. The BBC takes its data protection duties seriously and as a precaution the Information Commissioner was also informed,” said the spokesman. He added: “There is no evidence that any of the data on the phone has been accessed or compromised.