UK: Information safety fears as personal data is lost

Adam Morris and Michael Blackley report:

Fresh fears have been raised over the protection of personal information after both the city council and NHS Lothian were hit by new “data loss” incidents.

The Evening News has uncovered a series of cases where sensitive information has been lost or stolen in the past year.

They range from medical records blowing away in a gust of wind, to the personal information of 50 people being “lost in transit” between council offices.

Health board and council chiefs today insisted they took data protection very seriously but there were calls for more to be done to ensure such cases cannot happen again.

The Evening News can reveal that a computer memory stick containing personal information of at least 50 people was lost while being transported between two council offices last October. The council will not say what kind of data was on it but said it was investigating how it happened.

A second memory stick was lost less than a month later, although the council said that there was a “very limited” amount of personal information stored on it.

Read more in The Scotsman.

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