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PM to Britain: Your Data is in the Mail

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized today for a mail snafu that has put half the country's population at risk of identity theft. Last month, it seems, a private shipping company lost track of two discs containing the names, addresses, and national insurance numbers of 25 million Brits, including everyone under the age of 16. Kind of like how you lost track of your car keys this morning! The data was password-protected but not encrypted. No foul play has been reported so far. Investigators have few leads as to the discs' location, but have reportedly localized their search to an area in Amy Winehouse's nose.

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