European Data Protection Digest

ICO Says NHS Breach Is One of the “Most Serious” Ever

DATA LOSS—UK

July 18, 2013

TechWeekEurope reports the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined NHS Surrey 200,000 GBPs after a device containing 3,000 patient records was sold on an online auction site, triggering an investigation. A contractor “failed to completely wipe and destroy 1,570 hard drives containing the highly sensitive data” after agreeing to carry out the task in exchange for spare parts afterward. The ICO says the breach is one of the most serious it has ever seen.
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