UK: NHS responsible for third of data breaches

Jennifer Scott reports:

The deputy commissioner of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has named and shamed the NHS as the worst offender when it comes to data breaches.

During the opening keynote at InfoSecurity Europe 2010, David Smith highlighted the health service’s blunders over the past two years where it accounted for almost a third of all reported data breaches in UK organisations.

“In just over two years, there have 960 data breaches which works out round about 30 a month,” said Smith. “The numbers coming in have gone down slightly, but only slightly. They have been pretty consistent for many years which suggests there is still problems.”

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