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ICO: Charities Not Exempt from Laws

DATA LOSS—UK

February 12, 2010

The Alzheimer's Society has signed a formal undertaking to improve security after the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found it in breach of the Data Protection Act, ComputerWeekly.com reports. The organisation reported losses of personal data in 2009, following the theft of several laptops in Cardiff. The laptops were not encrypted nor secured by locks. One of the laptops contained the personal details--including names, addresses, national insurance numbers and salaries--of 1,000 staff, according to the report. The ICO said charities have a legal obligation to protect personal information. "It is vital that all organisations ensure personal information is handled securely and that appropriate staff have adequate training in this area," said Sally-anne Poole, head of investigations at the ICO.
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