Ministers have been accused of a "massive failure of duty" after thousands of criminals' details, stored on a computer memory stick, were lost. The Tories say the Home Office appears "incapable" of keeping data secure and criminals may seek compensation. Details of 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales were lost by private firm PA Consulting. The Home Office said a full investigation was being conducted. The information commissioner's office described it as "deeply worrying". The missing memory stick includes un-encrypted details about 10,000 prolific offenders and data on all 84,000 prisoners in England and Wales. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7575989.stm OK the 'lost' data is criminal records etc but when are they going to learn to use secure methods for transferring data. A USB memory stick is very easily mislaid and I was under the impression that unless it was encrypted etc and met certain criteria then they should not be used on Goverment equipment ????