Strike threat by prison officers after data is lost

Tuesday, 9 September 2008, 9:59 AM EST

Prison officers yesterday threatened strike action after it emerged that a computer disc containing the personal details of 5,000 justice staff had been lost by a government contractor. Staff fear their personal security has been put at risk, and unions warned that some employees may have to be relocated.

The justice secretary, Jack Straw, launched an investigation into the incident, the latest in a string of embarrassing government data security breaches.

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