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Theft consequences of government owned laptops goes beyond hardware cost.

PGP (GB) : 03 April, 2008  (Technical Article)
Damages to the reputation of the public sector through laptop losses could have a serious impact on ID card scheme in the UK according to PGP.
A series of recent parliamentary questions tabled by various MPs have revealed that up to 1,000 laptops have been lost during the tenure of the Labour Party.

Jamie Cowper, Director of Marketing EMEA at data protection expert PGP Corporation, has made the following comments:

"While reports of these figures have concentrated on the cost of the hardware, what we should really be concerned with is the value of the data lost.

Recent research from the Ponemon Institute shows that the total cost of a data breach in the UK private sector amounted to around £47 per record lost, with 36% of this due to lost business. If we transpose the sentiment of these findings onto the public sector, it's clear that the Government ought to treat citizens' data more carefully, as this type of reputational damage could severely impact the public's acceptance of forthcoming projects such as National ID cards and NHS Spine.

As such, the Government would be wise to consider deploying a robust technological solution such as encryption before any more of these revelations destroy public confidence once and for all."
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