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Trust Challenges ICO Fine

PRIVACY LAW—UK

January 16, 2012

Saying that it was a "victim of a crime," Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is challenging an Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) £375,000 fine over the theft of sensitive personal information, COMPUTERWORLD UK reports. At least 232 hard drives containing the data were stolen from the trust and sold for profit. "We subcontracted the destruction of these hard drives to a registered contractor, who subsequently sold them on eBay," said the hospitals' chief executive. "As soon as we were alerted to this, we informed the police and with their help we recovered all the hard drives stolen by this individual. We are confident that there is a very low risk of any of the data from them having passed into the public domain."
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