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£1m fine for Nationwide over stolen laptop

FSA gets tough on building society

The UK's financial services regulator has levied a heavy fine against the nation's largest building society over a stolen laptop containing confidential customer information.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said it has fined Nationwide Building Society £980,000 for "failing to have effective systems and controls to manage its information security risks".

Nationwide, which has about 11 million customers, did not realise the laptop contained customer information and waited three weeks before starting an investigation, the FSA said.

The laptop was stolen from an employee's home during a burglary in August 2006, and the building society believes the thief was after the laptop itself rather than the information on its hard drive.

The data was for marketing purposes and did not contain any PIN numbers, passwords or account balance information, Nationwide said.

Nationwide informed its customers of the problem and no losses were reported, it said. It also commissioned a review of its information security, the FSA said.


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