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Pension data ‘lost’ on laptop computer

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24/03/2006

A laptop containing details of 196,000 retirement customers has been stolen from Fidelity Investments in Boston. Information on stakeholders in US computer giant Hewlett Packard’s pension plan has been the main loss.

“Although this happened in the States it’s very worrying indeed,” said financial adviser Martin Cunningham. “I wouldn’t have thought such sensitive information would be contained on a laptop and I’d like to know if the same situation occurs here.”

He continued: “Although Fidelity is making all the right noises about the loss of the information not adversely affecting anyone, this is all about having confidence in a company’s security and I’m sure that’s been severely dented in this instance.”

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