Information Commissioner issues statement on PSNI laptop data breach

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The Information Commissioner's Office has issued a statement on the PSNI data breach where a senior officer's laptop was stolen in Newtownabbey.

On July 6, 2023, a number of items were taken from the vehicle of a senior PSNI officer, including a laptop that contained a spreadsheet with the details of 200 serving officers and staff.

Other items such as a police radio were also taken during the incident.

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Following the incident the PSNI contacted the officers and staff concerned with the incident and notified the Information Commissioner.

The ICO has now completed its investigation into the incident and has closed the case with no further action being taken.

An ICO spokesperson said: “The Police Service of Northern Ireland reported an incident to us involving a laptop and notebook in August 2023. After carefully reviewing the information provided and remedial steps taken, we gave data protection advice and closed the case with no further action.”

Internal PSNI misconduct proceedings took place as a result of the data breach.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "There was an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office which determined that no further action was required by ICO. Meanwhile, all necessary internal processes within the Police Service of Northern Ireland have now concluded."

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