Police in Northern Ireland investigate after officer’s laptop ‘falls from moving vehicle’

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating after an officer’s laptop and notebook “fell from a moving vehicle”.

The incident on Thursday follows two recent breaches of data which put the details of police staff in Northern Ireland at risk.

The first data breach saw the data of 10,000 people working for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) leaked accidentally following a Freedom of Information request.

Another in July related to the loss of documents and a laptop stolen from a car.

Responding to the latest incident, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd said: “It is believed the material fell from a moving vehicle on the foreshore stretch of the M2 motorway, on Thursday 17 August around 4.15pm.

“The laptop was immediately deactivated and has been recovered.

“Sections of the notebook remain outstanding.”

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Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) ACC Chris Todd

ACC Todd added: “Inquiries are under way to establish the contents of the notebook.

“We will be liaising with the Office of the Information Commissioner and have advised the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Department of Justice.

“Anyone with information or who recovers any material is asked to contact police on 101.”