Council fined over laptop breach

Glasgow City Council has been fined by the Information Commissioner after two unprotected laptops with the details of thousands of council tax payers were stolen.

The city’s authorities were ordered to pay £150,000 after it emerged one of the laptops stolen from an office had the details of 20,000 Glasgow residents on it – as well as the bank account numbers and sort codes of 6,069 people.

Additionally, investigators at the Information Commissioner’s Office discovered Glasgow City Council could not find 74 laptops that had gone missing – with officials unable to account for what details were on the hard drives.

The Scottish metropolitan authority is already operating under an enforcement notice placed in 2009 after it emerged a member of staff lost a data stick containing personal details of a number of sex offenders, their witnesses and victims.

Mr Macdonald of the Information Commissioner’s Office said: “The fact that these laptops have never been recovered, and no record was made of the information stored on them, means that we will probably never know the true extent of this breach.”