The ultimate guardian of Manchester Police data
A police force has been fined £120,000 following the theft of a memory stick containing names of members of the public who gave statements in drug investigations.
The unencrypted device with no password protection was stolen from an officer’s home and had details of 1,075 people with links to serious crime investigations stored over an 11-year-period.
The USB drive, belonging to the Greater Manchester police drugs squad detective, is also understood to have included details of police operations, potential targets for arrest and names of officers.
It has not been recovered following the burglary at his home in July 2011 when his wallet, containing the stick, and his car keys were taken from his kitchen table…
The Greater Manchester force suffered a similar security breach in September 2010 but failed to comply with a direction to order all staff to use encrypted memory sticks…
A further 1,100 memory sticks were recovered when the force offered an amnesty to staff with personal or unencrypted devices to hand them in.