While the national media treat the story like a tiny little inconvenience and parrot the bank’s line that improper use of the data is unlikely, EDRI tells it like it is in just once sentence:
The personal data of about 10,000 customers of the Bank of Ireland are now in the possession of thieves as four laptops with the unencrypted data were stolen from the bank between June and October 2007.
The laptops were stolen by thieves. Bad people. People that will take every advantage that’s available to them.
Some crossover with the banks there, it seems…