A whistleblower at Barclays bank raised the issue for possibility of data loss and subsequent misuse of approx. 27,000 files containing detailed personal data of Barclays customers and potential customers. The files may have reached in the hands of 'spank shops.'
Barclays issued a statement on Sunday. "Our initial investigations suggest this is isolated to customers linked to our Barclays Financial Planning business which we ceased operating as a service in 2011. Based on what we have seen, this appears to be data from 2008 or earlier."