This next story comes from newsnetscotland.com , It appears someone has nicked some laptops :
"Police have been called in to investigate the theft of some 50
laptops from Glasgow City Council, over half of which were previously
used by councillors with all but three unencrypted.
Hendry, the SNP group leader on the Council, has called on the ruling
Labour group to explain why they have repeatedly failed on data
The loss of the computers was noticed last month while council
officials were investigating the theft of two other computers, one of
which contained the financial and personal details of many thousands of
individuals and companies. "
"One of the first laptops reported stolen held the bank account detals of
16,000 individuals and companies, in total the computer held the
personal details of 37,835 suppliers and city residents. The laptop was
one of two which were stolen around the 28th of May during a break in
at the council's Cochrane St offices. "
"ACCESS, the company responsible for security on Glasgow Council
Premises, was strongly criticised in an internal audit carried out by
the Council. According to the report, the company was responsible for
issuing over 160 unencrypted computers earlier this year, in contrary to
Despite the criticisms from the council's own
officials and the recent loss of computers containing sensitive data,
Glasgow Council is recommending that the company takes over
responsibility for key council buildings, including the City Chambers,
Park Circus registry office, Parish Halls and the council's offices in
"ACCESS is a joint venture owned by Glasgow City
Council and Serco Ltd – the company which run prisons and immigration
removal services across the UK.
The company was created in 2008
when disgraced former leader Stephen Purcell was head of the Labour run
local authority. Mr Purcell resigned in March 2011 admist controversy
after admitting to drug use. Allegations were made that Mr Purcell and
his group created the so called arms-length organisations or ALEOs as a
means of dispensing favour and patronage.
awarded themselves extra payments for sitting on the boards of ALEOs.
In 2010 Glasgow City Council admitted that 40 councillors were sharing
an annual payout £261,491 for sitting on these companies. A report by
Herald newspaper in 2010 revealed how Mr Purcell used Aleo payments to
support an elaborate system of political patronage, with many Labour
councillors received thousands of pounds annually over and above their
salaries and council expenses."
If they can`t even keep track of some laptops what hope is there for them spending your money wisely?