European Data Protection Digest

Stolen Youth Data Was Unencrypted

DATA LOSS—UK

November 4, 2011

An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has concluded that not enough was done to protect the sensitive information of a group of troubled youths, Chronicle News reports. Newcastle Youth Offending Team failed to protect the data and to ensure its employees were complying with necessary security measures, the report states, after a laptop storing unencrypted data on about 100 youths was stolen from a third-party contractor's home. ICO spokeswoman Sally-Anne Poole said not enough data handlers are making use of encryption, and that organisations can't assume third parties have adequate data protection standards.
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