Stoke on Trent Council has signed an undertaking after the Information Commissioner's Office was informed that the local authority had lost personal data on 40 children, reports. An unencrypted memory stick that was not password protected was recovered by a citizen and returned to the council, which says it will now improve staff training and be sure portable devices are encrypted. The council will not be fined, however, as the incident occurred 6 April, before the ICO was granted fining powers. 
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