• Laptop contained personal details of employees at MoD Donnington facility
  • Was taken from locked boot of car belonging to government contractor
  • MoD have been advised on how they can stop data from being misused  

Stephanie Linning for MailOnline

A company laptop containing the personal details of Ministry of Defence employees was stolen from a service station, it has emerged.

The device was taken from the locked boot of a car belonging to a government contractor while it was parked at the Strensham Services on the M5, near Worcester.

It contained sensitive information, including bank details, belonging to staff at the ministry’s Donnington facility in Telford, which has roughly 1,000 employees. 

Personal details: The device contained sensitive information, including bank details, belonging to staff at the ministry's Donnington facility in Telford, pictured, which has roughly 1,000 employees

Personal details: The device contained sensitive information, including bank details, belonging to staff at the ministry’s Donnington facility in Telford, pictured, which has roughly 1,000 employees

One worker, who did not want to be named, told the Shropshire Star: ‘We were told that our personal details were on the stolen laptop, including our bank details.

‘Given the importance of security here, you would think the company who had won this huge MoD contract would have better security procedures than this.’

The laptop belonged to an employee of Kuehne and Nagel, a global logistics service provider, whose subcontract with the MoD was announced in March.

Police told the newspaper it was stolen at around 1.30pm on Thursday from the boot of the car. 

A spokesman for Kuehne and Nagel confirmed that a company laptop was ‘missing presumed stolen’ and said it was being used for preparations for its MoD contract, due to start on August 4. 

He told the Shropshire Star: ‘The laptop was encrypted in line with MoD policy, but contained some personal data of civil servants currently working for the MoD, who are due to transfer to Kuehne and Nagel on service commencement. 

The laptop belonged to an employee of Kuehne and Nagel, a global logistics service provider, whose subcontract with the MoD was announced in March. Above, the ministry's facility in Donnington

The laptop belonged to an employee of Kuehne and Nagel, a global logistics service provider, whose subcontract with the MoD was announced in March. Above, the ministry’s facility in Donnington

‘The police have been informed and we are co-operating with their efforts to trace the missing laptop. The MoD has informed affected employees and advised of actions they can take to prevent their data from being misused.’

A spokesperson for the MoD said: ‘A laptop belonging to a commercial company that contained encrypted HR information about MOD personnel has been reported missing in the West Midlands. 

‘We take the protection of our people, including their personal data, extremely seriously and although the data will be difficult to access given the encryption protection, we have informed our employees and are working to support them.’

MailOnline has contacted Kuehne and Nagel and West Mercia Police for comment.

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