European Data Protection Digest

Councils, Hospital and Financial Firm Face Breaches

DATA LOSS—UK

February 13, 2012

The personal data of approximately 1,075 primary school students across East Lothian has been lost after an employee misplaced a memory thumb drive, SC Magazine reports. A council worker downloaded the records, including students' names, dates of birth, emergency contacts and some medical history. A council representative apologised to the affected students and their families. Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into an incident involving the loss of patient data at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital and Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary. The ICO has revealed  that a financial services company breached the Data Protection Act after losing the personal data of more than 600 customers. And Medway Council has responded to a breach involving the personal data of hundreds of municipal workers, according to a BBC News report.
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