European Data Protection Digest

ICO: Loss of Unencrypted Memory Sticks Breach DPA

DATA LOSS—UK

June 4, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office says two entities have breached the Data Protection Act following the loss of unencrypted memory sticks. The West Berkshire Council has signed a formal undertaking pledging to encrypt all mobile and portable devices and provide staff training, OUT-LAW.COM  reports. Meanwhile, Lampeter Medical Practice says it will take action to tighten security after a memory stick containing details on 8,000 patients went missing. "A lack of awareness and training in data protection requirements can lead to personal information falling into the wrong hands," said Sally-anne Poole of the ICO.
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