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Cabinet Office admits to losing nearly 800 devices

Cabinet Office admits to losing nearly 800 devices

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The Cabinet Office, the UK governmental body responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has reported almost 800 electronic devices lost or stolen in the past three years, according to official figures.

The data, retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act and analysed by niche litigation firm, Griffin Law, observed the number of electronic devices reported lost or stolen each year for the past three financial years, FY 19-20 to FY 21-22.

In total, the Cabinet Office reported 791 laptops, mobiles, Mifi wireless routers and other devices either lost or stolen, 61% of which, 479, were mobile phones.

Laptops accounted for 28%, 219, of the devices while Mifi’s made up 38 devices and a further 55 ‘other’ devices were reported missing.

The financial year 2019-2020 saw the most devices lost or stolen with 435 devices, as organisations transitioned from their offices to remote working as a result of the pandemic.

The news comes after Liberal Democrat, Sarah Olney, exposed a number of government departments for misplacing devices, labelling it as ‘deeply worrying’.

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