IE: Parents warned of data protection breach after HSE laptop is stolen

Highland Radio reports:

It’s emerged that a laptop containing children’s details has been stolen from the boot of a car of a staff member attached to the HSE’s Speech and Language Therapy Service in Donegal.

Gardai are investigating the theft, which took place outside the county.

This week, a number of parents and guardians whose children attend Speech and Language Therapy services in Donegal received letters dated November 7th, informing them of the theft of a laptop, which included a caseload register.

That register included the names, age groups, schools, addresses and phone numbers of a number of children, and the Data Protection Commissioner has instructed the service manager in the county to inform the parents of that fact.

Read more on Highland Radio.  Not only did the HSE have to be directed to notify the parents by the Data Protection Commissioner, but the letter they wrote borders on the too-minimizing-and-therefore-offensive. I wonder if any parents believe the “sincere apology.”

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