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Loss of Devices Compromises Council, Hospital

DATA LOSS—UK & U.S.

February 20, 2013

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Nursing and Midwifery Council 150,000 GBP for the loss of three DVDs containing unencrypted, sensitive personal data of two vulnerable children, Publicservice.co.uk reports. ICO Deputy Commissioner David Smith said the council’s “underlying failure to ensure these discs were encrypted placed sensitive personal information at unnecessary risk,” adding, “no policy appeared to exist on how the discs should be handled, and so no thought was given as to whether they should be encrypted before being couriered.” Meanwhile, U.S.-based Heyman HospiceCare has reported that an unencrypted laptop containing personal health information was stolen from an employee’s car.
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