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Commissioner Concerned About PSD Risks

DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALAND

May 6, 2010

New Zealand's privacy commissioner has expressed concern about the potential security risks portable storage devices (PSDs) pose in the workplace following a survey that found 120 PSDs were lost or stolen within the last year. Released this week, the survey studied security controls for PSDs at 42 government agencies, finding that only half had policies for disposing of PSDs and 16 had policies on when stored data should be deleted, reports stuff.co.nz. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said due to significant increases in PSDs' storage capacity, agencies are exposed to data breach risks, which "can seriously damage both the reputation of the agency concerned and the trust that the public has in that agency."
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