13 October 2008 | Jake Kanter
The MoD has launched an investigation after a portable hard drive containing classified information was lost by one of its suppliers.
IT contractor EDS reported the loss of the disk last week. It contains information on individuals who have expressed an interest or applied to join the armed forces. This could include National Insurance numbers, addresses and even family details.
Both the MoD police and EDS are conducting the investigation and it is hoped the disk will be found at another secure site. The MoD explained the risk of the data being misused is low.
A spokesman for EDS said: "Following a data audit that we carried out under the terms of the Cabinet Office's Data Handling Review, we have been unable to account for a removable hard drive that was held in a secure location at our facility in Hook."
"We informed the MoD on Wednesday 8 October and we are working with it to investigate this, including to establish what data may have been on the hard drive. There is no evidence that security at the site has been breached."