37,000 customers EIR face a data breach in the theft of a laptop

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    Some 37,000 EIR customers suffered a security breach after a laptop was stolen by the staff.
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Some 37,000 EIR customers suffered a security breach after a laptop was stolen by the staff.

In the telecommunications company said the breach occurred when an unencrypted device was stolen out of the office on the weekend. Confidential customer data included names, email addresses, phone numbers, and EIR room accounts.

However, EIR has insisted that no financial data was exposed.

The company reported the incident to the police and the data protection officer.

“There is no evidence at this time that the risk was used by a third party,” – said the press-Secretary of the EIR.

“In this case, the laptop was decrypted due to improper security updates for the previous day, which affected some laptops and was subsequently resolved.”

Decrypted the laptop is easier to crack than properly encrypted.

However, the laptop was said to be password protected, which means that a thief who is not technically savvy would find it difficult to crack.

“The EIR refers to privacy and data protection extremely seriously, and our policy is that all company laptops must be encrypted and password protected,” – said the spokesman.

“We initiated a program to contact those clients whose data may be at risk. This is a result of the theft of one laptop which was stolen in another place.

“No other personal or financial data related to customers is stored on the laptop in question.”

The laptop was stolen 10 days ago, with letters and emails going out today to affected customers.

Those who have been touched by consumers and small business customers.

“If customers EIR need more information regarding this, it is available at www.eir.ie/customer-announcement” – said the spokesman.

According to the new European rules GDPR, companies may face higher fines and punitive action for the loss or misuse of customer information.

However, the rules state that advance notice of the data protection authorities and population are considered as good practices which can compensate for possible regulatory punitive action.

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