The Data Protection Commissioner has begun an investigation into the theft of laptops from the Revenue Commissioners in Dublin.
Three men walked in to an office block at Ashtown Gate on the Navan Road last night and stole ten laptops.
The Revenue Commissioners are still trying to determine if anything else was stolen, but a spokesman said all of its laptops are encrypted.
The commissioner is seeking to establish what type of data was on the laptops and how sensitive it was.
The commissioner will also investigate whether the appropriate level of encryption and security measures were in place to prevent the disclosure of personal information.
The Revenue Commissioners has said it reported the incident immediately to the gardaí.
In a statement, Revenue said: ‘Ten laptops, which were chained and padlocked to desks, were stolen during the break in.
‘As a matter of policy, Revenue's laptops are encrypted using a
leading brand that complies with the highest international security
‘An Garda Síochána and Revenue Officers have reviewed camera
surveillance footage and Revenue will continue to work closely with An Garda Síochána in relation to their investigation.
'Revenue contacted the Office of the Data Protection Commissioners first thing this morning to report the incident and will be working closely with the Commissioner's Office in the coming days.’