Confidential information handed to New Zealand’s Commerce Commission (ComCom) could be caught up in the theft of a laptop containing over 200 meeting and interview transcripts.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the ComCom said it was made aware of the theft last week and that the laptop belonged to an “external provider”.

“The transcripts may date back to early 2016 and contain some confidential information businesses and individuals have provided the Commission,” it said.

“The Commission’s own network and systems have not been breached.”