In the U.K.:
Laptops containing the private and medical details of more than 7,000 Birmingham NHS patients, including sick children, have been stolen prompting a massive security alert.
Surgical firm Trulife used by four hospitals – Birmingham Children’s Hospital, City Hospital, in Winson Green, Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich, and Rowley Regis Hospital – has revealed that three computers have been taken.
One of them was taken after being left in a car by an employee, while another was snatched during a mugging.
None of the information on the missing laptops had been encrypted.
Between 3,000 and 3,500 Children’s Hospital patients are affected plus a further 3,633 patients from City, Sandwell and Rowley Regis.
The first laptop went missing at the premises of a Birmingham hospital in March 2006, a second was stolen in a mugging in March 2007 and the third was stolen after being left in a Trulife employee’s car in February last year.