European Data Protection Digest

NHS Forth Valley Employee Suspended

DATA LOSS—UK

May 7, 2010

An NHS Forth Valley employee has been suspended for losing a memory stick that contained sensitive information about patients of a secure hospital near Falkirk, BBC reports. A 12-year-old boy found the device, which is being returned to the NHS. It contained patients' criminal histories and staff details. An NHS Forth Valley spokesperson said "We have clear policies in place on the safe use of portable data devices," and "We can confirm a member of staff has been suspended in connection with this incident." A Scottish government spokesperson described the incident as a "major breach" of standards.
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