Tuesday 10 December 2019

USB stick with confidential information was stolen

A USB stick containing confidential information was stolen
A USB stick containing confidential information was stolen
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A USB stick containing confidential Department of Justice information was stolen during a burglary on a contractor's home.

The personal data on state board members was not encrypted and the individuals involved were contacted by the department. A report on the incident was compiled for the Data Protection commissioner, and it was agreed action would be taken to avoid future breaches.

Guidelines on encryption were reinforced for permanent staff and contractors following the theft, which took place in April 2013.

The department said the database was not encrypted but the information could not be accessed without "specialist tools and software".

It said the memory stick was not the target of the theft but rather it was incidentally stolen during the break-in.

"The department wrote directly to all the individual board members fully informing them of the incident," a spokeswoman said. "There was no adverse outcome to the breach of security."

Irish Independent

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