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Council 'lost information about vulnerable children'

A memory stick believed to contain confidential information about vulnerable children has been lost by a council.

Source: Telegraph By Chris Irvine

22 Dec 2008

Neath Port Talbot council in south Wales has launched an internal investigation after an employee allegedly lost the data.

Andrew Thomas, head of support services and commissioning education and lifelong learning at Neath Port Talbot council said: "Neath Port Talbot council has launched an internal investigation following the loss by a staff member of a memory stick containing confidential information.

"It is inappropriate for us to make any further comment until the investigation has been concluded. Action has been taken to inform the relevant authorities."

It also emerged that two memory sticks containing the details of 26,000 smokers were lost by a primary care trust in Lincolnshire.

The sticks went missing in June but officials at NHS Lincolnshire thought at first they only held the details of 60 patients who use its weight management service.

But they discovered two months ago the files included the names, addresses and telephone numbers of patients trying to quit smoking.