European Data Protection Digest

ICO Investigating Loss of 6.8 Million Records

DATA LOSS—UK

June 17, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is investigating a breach involving the loss of a number of laptops from a storeroom, including one that the NHS North Central London says contained up to 8.6 million medical records, PC Pro reports. A spokesperson for the NHS said it couldn't comment on the ongoing investigation. An NHS statement said that the laptops were password protected and that the trust's policy is to manually delete data after its been processed. The ICO said it will "now make enquiries to establish the full facts of this alleged data breach."
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