Monday, September 10 14:43:25
Eircom and its mobile operation, Meteor, today pleaded guilty at a sitting of the District Court over the loss of two laptops containing unencrypted data.
The two firms were ordered by the judge to pay E15,000 each to charity after the details of over 10,000 customers were compromised when the laptops were stolen.
The laptops contained personal and financial information of customers.
They were charged with failing to protect the personal data held on the laptops, failing to notify the Data Protection Commission of this personal data breach without undue delay and failure to notify the effected individuals without delay.
It is the first prosecution taken with regard to the loss of personal data on an unencrypted laptop.