AU: Royal Perth Hospital dump computers, patient details

 Paul Lamapthakis writes in Perth Now:

CONFIDENTIAL patient details are being left on old computers dumped in an open skip bin in a busy laneway at Royal Perth Hospital.

Personal information, including patient names and addresses, dates of birth, medical conditions and patient numbers, was accessed with ease by The Sunday Times this week.

Sources say up to 500 computers have been dumped in the bin, pending collection, since November.

Sources also claimed computers had been sent to auction yards in the past without their hard drives wiped clean.

The hospital yesterday denied this, saying the computer hard drives were cleaned, and the computers were collected every day by contractors to be crushed.

But The Sunday Times has seen confidential records and has observed computers sitting in the bin for days.

Full story – Perth Now 

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