No scone unturned in hunt for kids’ TV cookery show data?

The BBC has apologised and set up a freephone helpline after it was discovered that the personal details of children who had applied to participate in a kids’ TV show had been stolen.

The BBC says it has suspended the production of “Gastronuts”, following the loss of a memory stick containing the names, addresses and dates of birth of 250 children who wished to take part in a new television cookery show.

The lost information also detailed when the children and their parents would be away on holiday – potentially useful information for burglars.

The memory stick, along with a laptop, were stolen from a vehicle owned by independent television company Objective Productions, who also make TV shows for mentalist Derren Brown and the award-winning Channel 4 comedy “Peep Show”.

What alarms me is that in all the published news stories about this incident, there has been no mention…

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