The private details of thousands of children were found on a memory stick dropped by a council worker…it included the names, dates of birth, ethnicity and contact details for about 5,000 nursery-age children living in the Leeds area.
The council has apologised and started an investigation.
The stick, which was found in a second-hand car, also contained confidential information about child protection and whether or not the children’s parents claimed state benefits.
The data was, of course, unencrypted. Now, you all know the chorus:
A council spokeswoman said: “We take issues of information security very seriously”