A CAMERA PURCHASED ON Ebay for just £17 contained sensitive data about terrorist suspects according to a report from Reuters.
The Nikon camera, which was handed into a Hertfordshire police station, was apparently lost by a British MI6 agent and contained pictures of rocket launchers and missiles as well as the names, fingerprints and academic records of several members of the terrorist organisation.
It's not clear whether the data was on a removable memory card, or the camera's internal storage, but if it was the latter we think this might be a first.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that an investigation into the incident is taking place but failed to comment further.
Coming just 24 hours after it was announced that a senior public official would be charged under the Official Secrets Act for leaving sensitive information about security forces in Iraq on a London commuter train, this should have the camera's owner in quite a spin.
Not least because it looks very much the chinless wonders in Whitehall who treat this kind of data with scant regard will soon be doing porridge rather getting a slap on the wrist and being busted down a couple of pay grades.
About time too. µ
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