Firms breaching data protection

A “horrifying” number of companies, government departments and other public bodies have breached data protection rules in the past year, a report says.

The UK’s Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said bosses must take the personal data of both customers and staff seriously.

BBC News July 11, 2007

Burglary leads to loss of data about 9,000 children

A staff member from Barnet Council lost the data relating to 9,000 children after unencrypted storage devices were stolen from their home. The information on the pupils included names, birth dates, postcodes, and education data on the students, as well as their ethnicity.

IT PRO October 17, 2010

ICO spanks Kent Police for data loss

Kent Police has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office and has promised to improve policies following the loss of private data from the back of a car.

The Register, June 21 2010

Another NHS trust found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act following the loss of over 100 patient records

Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust has been found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the loss of over 100 patient records.

SC Magazine August 24 2010

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