New investigation into laptop theft

AN EXTERNAL investigation has been launched into why private financial details of more than 1,000 council employees was kept on a laptop that was then stolen during a house burglary.

AN EXTERNAL investigation has been launched into why private financial details of more than 1,000 council employees was kept on a laptop that was then stolen during a house burglary.

The information - about everyone on the payroll at St Edmundsbury Council - was contained on the computer taken during a raid on the home of a senior council officer on September 6.

The Bury St Edmunds based council carried out its own enquiry into the matter, and advised its 1,380 employees to check their bank accounts on a regular basis amid fears of fraud.

But the council yesterday confirmed the matter had been passed to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in London, which is responsible for regulating the Data Protection Act and making sure organisations which process personal or sensitive information adhere to their obligation of keeping the data secure.