Charlotte Walker-Osborn, technology partner, and Aonghus Martin, technology solicitor, from Eversheds LLP, discuss the English legal position in relation to encryption. More than 8,500 laptops are left in UK airports and over 10,000 are left in London taxis every year. Human error and the increasing adoption of portable technology inevitably means these figures are unlikely to decrease. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is starting to get tough, giving clear messages that data controllers (in this context employers) must encrypt certain personal data.

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