According to information published under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Transport has had a total of 7 laptop stolen or lost in the last 12 months (4 stolen, 3 lost). What is interesting in the DfT's response though is that it says,
Since January 2008, all laptops have been encrypted to HMG standard.The implication being that prior to January 2008 no laptops were encrypted to HMG standard even though the standard was in place. A rare admission that they broke the rules surely?
Amusingly they also responded to requests about the use of iPods and removable media devices on DfT equipment. Apparently users are free to plugin their iPods because installing iTunes is blocked making it all rather pointless. However, when also asked if staff were banned from using USB removable media the response was,
No. Staff can use USB storage devices (such as memory sticks) connected to a workplace computer but only in circumstances where no protected personal data, as defined in the Cabinet Office Data Handling review is involved.So it's only when "protected personal data" is involved that they can't. If it's circusmtances where classified material exists it's OK to use a USB drive is it?