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UK—Security breaches lead to undertakings

Undertakings have been signed by Lewisham Homes and Wandle Housing Association to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 after details relating to thousands of their tenants were discovered on an unencrypted memory stick that had been copied and left in a pub by a contractor. There was no suggestion of misuse of the personal data, but the Information Commissioner’s Office commented that “Saving personal information onto an unencrypted memory stick is as risky as taking hard copy papers out of the office.”

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