Staff details are on a stolen Health and Safety Executive (HSE) laptop. It exposes thousands of staff members to the risk of identity theft:

“…Staff were not told for 13 days that an unencrypted laptop containing all their personal details had been stolen from HSE offices at the Carnegie Centre in Dublin’s Lord Edward Street.

The staff were only informed by letter on Wednesday — a full 13 days after the theft occurred on September 17.”

link: Stolen HSE laptop leaves staff open to identity theft

The theft is compounded by the length of time it took to notify the staff that their personal, confidential information had been exposed and possibly used for identity theft. The delay places each person who was unfortunate enough to have his / her sensitive information on that laptop at further risk. The delay is irresponsible; legislation should make such notification delays criminal.

Catherine Forsythe