FBI Dealing With its Lost Laptop Problem

Although the FBI still seems to suffer from a problem of losing laptops, a new report indicates that the agency is getting better in keeping track of its equipment. During a 44-month period, the company either reported as lost or stolen 160 laptops. This is a marked decrease from the initial study in 2002, which found the agency lost some 317 units in a 28-month period from October 1999 through January 2002.

However, even with the improvement come concerns of data loss. As many as 51 of them possibly contained classified or sensitive information, with 8 of those confirmed to have held such data. In one case, a laptop contained personal data on FBI employees. In any case, the new report said "the FBI has taken steps to address weaknesses in physical inventories," although it recommended continued vigilance.

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