By Tony Collins
14 Oct 2008
A lost MOD hard drive, which contained the personal details of members
of the armed forces, did not have to be encrypted under Ministry of
Defence procedures because it was held in secure premises, it has
The drive could contain data on 100,000 members of the armed forces, and
600,000 potential recruits, according to reports.
Rob Fry, head of EDS Defence, told BBC Radio 5's Drive programme, "The
hard drive was not encrypted but neither did it need to be, in terms of
the protocols to which we and the Ministry of Defence work, when it sits
inside a secure site."
The BBC also interviewed a Computer Weekly journalist, about the
implications of the missing hard drive.
EDS reported the loss of the disk last wednesday, but it is not known
when the drive disappeared.
The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that the hard drive may yet
turn up at another secure site. It has conceded that the personal
information of members of the armed forces might have been "compromised"
by the loss of data on the drive.
The 1TB portable hard drive went missing from a secure EDS site at Hook
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