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Mobile Phone Loss Highlights Data Security Breach

Mobile Phone Loss Highlights Data Security Breach
  • 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 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 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. 

  • Therefore, people are urged to make sure they take steps to look after their possessions.

    Therefore, people are urged to make sure they take steps to look after their possessions.

    The Information Commissioner has since told us that he believes the BBC took the appropriate action.” It has also been confirmed that the Information Commissioner’s Office will also undertake its own investigation into the matter, reported the Daily Mail. Meanwhile a Cabinet Office spokesman said: “There is no comment because it is a security issue.”

    According to Home Office figures, around two million mobile phones are reported as lost each year. Around 1.3 million of these are eventually discovered by the owner – usually in a place around the home or in the car. However, this still means around 0.7 million could have fallen into someone else’s hands. It is an increasingly worrying issue as the ongoing reliance on smartphones and tablets means it is more likely that personal and sensitive data could be stored on the devices. Therefore, people are urged to make sure they take steps to look after their possessions.

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