A video editing firm is to be investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after footage of police interviews in its possession were stolen.
Swan Films, which has a contract with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), is to be probed after a laptop and two Apple iMacs containing files were stolen from a Manchester flat, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The files contain footage of interviews given to police by the alleged victims of sex offences, with the ICO telling the newspaper: “We are aware of the incident and will be making enquiries.”
It is believed the theft was an opportunistic burglary, rather than an attempt to access the files.
Such theft emphasises the need for good data security to prevent any stolen devices giving up often sensitive information.
Last month, the Ministry of Justice was fined £180,000 by the ICO over failings in the prison service, which included the loss of a hard drive containing confidential and often sensitive data about nearly 3,000 prisoners at HMP Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire in May 2013.