Devon and Cornwall Police USB stick left in auction car

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A police memory stick with confidential information was left in a car going for auction, it has emerged.

The officer had left the memory stick, which featured You Tube videos of killings in the Middle East, in the boot of the vehicle.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the material was not sensitive enough to have been encrypted.

An officer has been disciplined and security measures have been reviewed, the force said.

The force confirmed a memory stick had been handed in to a police station in 2009 after it was discovered in a police car going for auction.

'Upgrading procedures'

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said: "In terms of the material it is not what I would class as sensitive.

"It's about driving tactics, how police drive cars.

"The killings in the Middle East are straight off You Tube.

"I think they were used as an example of how people will stop vehicles."

He added: "This not something that should have been encrypted."

He said an officer had been disciplined.

"The officer had to face the consequences of not checking the vehicle before it was sold on to auction.

"We are constantly upgrading our procedures around access to computer files."

From the 1 August 2009 only IronKey USB memory sticks will work in force computers.

These sticks use military style encryption ensuring data is protected.

In 2007 confidential details of police staff were found at a dump in Devon.

In 2008 a confidential police document about a vulnerable toddler was found in a street in Cornwall.

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