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Lost or Missing in the UK

Brian Meechan of BBC Wales reports that in 2007, a CD with the personal details of more than 2,300 crime victims was lost in the post by Gwent Police, but none of those affected were ever notified because the police decided that the data could not be accessed. The CD had been password-protected, but...

Florida couple fed up over medical fax flap

Laura Kadechka reports on a Tampa couple who have been received misdirected faxes containing pharmacy and medical information for over two years, despite their having contacted the pharmacies and medical clinics to tell them of the error. The doctor who had had their phone number had changed it two years ago. Not wholly surprising,...

Pointer: State Laws Require Secure Personal Data

Nick Akerman and Melissa J. Krasnow have an article in The National Law Journal: Connecticut, Massachusetts and Nevada recently enacted laws requiring businesses to institute certain compliance measures to secure personal information that can be used to perpetrate identity theft. The Massachusetts law applies to a business located anywhere in the United States that...

Binghamton University’s “security” for student records?

Robert Glass of WHRW News reports on a breach waiting to happen: In a titanic breach of security, Binghamton University kept payment information for every student, possibly dating back at least ten years in a storage area next to one of the most trafficked lecture halls on campus, behind a door that was not...