Auctioned USB Sticks Contained Personal Data
DATA LOSS—NEW SOUTH WALESDecember 9, 2011
SC Magazine reports that troves of personal data files stored on USB keys and lost on Sydney trains have been sold to the public at auction. A chief technology officer bought about 70 USBs recently and discovered the personal information--including resumes, tax returns, photos and documents--still stored on the unencrypted sticks. The NSW Privacy Office has chastised RailCorp for selling the devices, the report states. "They should be following best practice," said Deputy Privacy Commissioner John McAteer. "They should not disclose the data without the consent of the person the data relates to."