23 January 2008
Central government staff have been banned from taking their laptops from the premises, following the theft of a MoD laptop which contained uncrypted personal details of 60,000 people.
The latest loss of government data has put hundreds of thousands of people at the risk of identity theft.
The laptop was stolen from a junior officer's car.
According to a report in The Financial Times, shadow defence secretary Liam Fox has shown that the department was in "a dreadful mess - and added up to a damning picture of MoD incompetence."
Several cases of government data loss have been revealed in the national press, following the loss of CDs containing the details of 25 million child benefit records in November last year.