European Data Protection Digest

Insurance Company Signs Undertaking After Data Breach

DATA LOSS—UK

March 26, 2010

A UK insurance company has signed an undertaking to improve data security after losing a tape containing the personal details of 46,000 customers and 1,800 third parties. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said Zurich Insurance breached the Data Protection Act when its sister company in South Africa lost the tape nearly two years ago. Though Zurich said there is no evidence the data has been misused, it has written to customers whose details were on the tape advising them to take precautions, The Independent reports. The ICO's Sally-Anne Poole said she is pleased that Zurich has taken "remedial steps to ensure individuals' personal details are protected in the future."
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