The UK Information Comissioner's Office (ICO) says an unencrypted memory stick containing personal information on more than 18,000 residents was lost by the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council.

"The ICO said that the memory stick was lost in May and has not yet been recovered," writes SC Magazine's Dan Raywood. "The details included residents' names and addresses in some cases, along with details of payments to and by the council."

"The information had been put on a memory stick to compile the council's financial accounts; the ICO's investigation found that the council's data-protection practices failed to make sure that memory sticks provided to its staff were encrypted," Raywood writes.

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