Sensitive Laptops Stolen From Revenue

A total of ten laptops, thought to contain sensitive information have been stolen from the offices of the Revenue Commissioner last night.

Gardaí in Dublin said today they are investigating the theft of the laptops from the Dublin based offices.

Detectives said they believe three men walked in to the offices on the Navan Road at around 7pm last night and took all ten laptops.

However, it has emerged that the Revenue Commissioners are operating strict procedures that mean all its laptops are encrypted.

Gardaí are examining the scene today with Revenue Officials. They are trying to determine if anything else was stolen and what information was on the laptops.

The practice of encryption has become standard practice at the Revenue Commission since a revuew by the Data Protection Commission, which recommended encryption for all laptops due to the sensitive nature of the information held there.

The Revenue Commission has over 1,200 laptops in use throughout the organisation with each assigned to a named individual on foot of a request from his/her local manager.

A register of all laptops is held within Revenue's 'Financials' database, and this register is currently being combed by investigating officers.


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