Two disks containing highly sensitive information relating to three judicial inquiries that disappeared in the post in early January are still missing.
The disks related to the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, the Robert Hamill Inquiry and the Mark Duggan Inquest. The disks were said to contain the names of police officers involved in the cases that were being kept secret.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed on 29 January that it was made aware on 8 January that "two disks containing documents relating to these inquiries were missing".
“Immediate steps were taken, including intensive searches to locate the disks. These searches continue, with police assistance. The disks have not, as yet, been found," it said.
V3 contacted the Ministry of Justice on 26 February to ask if it had any update on the case and if the disks had been recovered but was told "the situation has not changed".
The ICO is also currently investigating the disappearance of the disks.
The government has said it does not believe there was any “malicious intent” behind the disappearance of the data. However, it informed those involved in the cases that the information is missing.
“Police and other agencies have undertaken their own risk assessment, and have identified and taken any steps necessary to ensure the protection of officers,” it said.
“The Rodney, Hamill and Duggan families and the three judges who conducted the inquiries and inquest have been informed. So too has the Information Commissioner’s Office.”
The incident is another in a series of embarrassing incidents relating to data loss that have affected the government over the years.
The government made the front pages of national newspapers in 2007 when it emerged that disks containing data on child benefits for almost 25 million people had been lost.
The Ministry of Justice was fined £180,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office last year after it discovered that all 75 prisons in England and Wales had been storing data on unencrypted hard drives.
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