UK: Stolen laptops held details of 10,000

Amanda Crook of The Manchester Evening News reports that the paper learned of two more breaches involving NHS  by using Freedom of Information requests:

  • Two laptops containing patient data were stolen during break-ins  at The Christie. The laptops contained names, hospital numbers, some addresses and test results.
  • A computer with the names, addresses, dates of births and medical information about almost 700 patients was stolen from a locked office in the neurosurgical department at Salford Royal Hospital last October.

Altogether, those incidents affected over 10,000 patients.  Although the stolen equipment had passwords, they do not appear to have been encrypted.

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