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Health Plan at Top of Data Breach List

DATA LOSS—UK

April 29, 2010

The UK's national health plan has reported 287 data breaches since the end of 2007, 113 of which were due to data theft, BBC News reports. That's the greatest number of serious data breaches reported by UK organizations, said Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith at an event this week. He noted that the public sector's tendency to report breaches may have skewed the numbers. A spokesman for the British Medical Association thinks the number of breaches reflects in part the size and complexity of the NHS, the report states. "So many people have access to data and often human error is to blame," he said.
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