Flack: Recent CIPR security breach

No sniggering at the back - the recent CIPR security breach is a serious matter.

Personal information from 30 membership applications was 'misplaced on public transport' on Friday evening. Oops! So, which party animal left them on the Tube after a night on the tiles? CIPR boss Jane Wilson tells us a certain 'long-serving' staffer left her bag containing the files on the train home, but insists: 'In no way was it because she was out late drinking.' Fair enough, Jane. Presumably the worried employee did have a stiff drink soon after ...

After the Facebook/Burson-Marsteller kerfuffle, more evidence has emerged that agencies should be careful about who they work for. This time it's Brunswick in Italy, which, according to Reuters, found the Italian constabulary knocking at the door over an insider-trading probe into French dairy group Lactalis' bid for food company Parmalat. No suggestion of wrongdoing on Brunswick's part, but the visit from the boys in blue must nevertheless have set a few pulses racing ...

Flack has enjoyed playing football for pollsters Populus of late. A fine array of talent has been on display from The Red Consultancy, Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Blue Rubicon. Hardest-hitting opponents to date have been Edelman, led by combative account exec Jules Norton Selzer. The boys from Victoria netted a whopping 13 goals last week. Bruising stuff!

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