Taxpayers’ Information Stolen from Car of HMRC Employee

HM Revenue and Customs has had a laptop stolen from the car of one of its employees on 20th September, which contained details of at least 400 people involved in an audit and supplied by a number of financial institutions. HMRC are playing down the risk to taxpayers because the data was protected by “top-level encryption”, however according to yesterday’s Moneybox there was also a printout accompanying the laptop which contained individuals’ names and financial details.

HMRC are leaving it to the financial institutions to inform those affected.

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