Concern over loss of Glasgow Council data


Commenting on reports of a major data breach at Glasgow City Council, in which a laptop containing the personal details of almost 38,000 people and businesses was stolen from council offices on Cochrane Street – including the bank details of 16,000 customers – Glasgow SNP Group Leader Graeme Hendry said:

“This is a matter of deep concern, with the personal details of some very vulnerable people amongst those stolen from Council property.

“This is not the first time that such a data breach has occurred in Glasgow City Council – with information relating to social work and psychological reports having previously been lost – but the sheer scale of this loss is staggering.

“An investigation is now underway, and if the people of Glasgow are to have any confidence in their council’s data security in future, they must fully explain how such a huge data loss could occur, and what steps will be taken to prevent this in future.

“As part of this, the Council must explain why it seemingly took over a week for them to realise the extent of the data loss, and almost a further week for this to be made public.”