The study examines the amount of electronic gear that is forgotten in black cabs. This is a taxi service in London, England which promotes itself as having the finest service in the world. The cabs accumulate a staggering amount of forgotten electronic equipment:

“London taxi passengers have left more than 60,000 hand-held devices in the back of black cabs during the past six months, a survey has found.

Some 55,843 mobile phones and 6,193 other devices, such as laptops, were forgotten, Credant Technologies found.”

link: ‘60,000’ devices are left in cabs

There are obvious implications on privacy and security. It is not just the personal information of the owner of the equipment. There may be additional data stored on that equipment that would make identity theft an easy task, if the information were in the wrong hands.

This incredible number of forgotten electronics equipment is a survey for a limited number of months for just one taxi service. To extrapolate this over other venues means that there is a monumental amount of personal data being misplaced daily. This further supports the contention of security experts that data breaches are one of the most under-reported errors involving sensitive, confidential information.

Catherine Forsythe