A week’s-worth of security breaches

An impressive hat-trick this week. On the bright side, it’s good to see that nobody has made any of those irritating claims about taking data security ‘very seriously’.

First off the blocks:

The discovery at a Cornish nightclub of a computer memory stick with details of troop movements on it is being probed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

And then two in quick succession:

Discs containing personal information on almost 18,000 NHS staff have gone missing from a north London hospital.

Followed by:

A police force has undertaken an urgent hunt for a computer memory stick after admitting it has been lost by an officer on duty. West Midlands Police would not confirm or deny reports that the data stick contained information on terrorism.

Two on the same day, eh? The pace is hotting up. UK Liberty is keeping a tally.

Update 7pm: We spoke too soon. It’s now four this week:

An NHS trust has apologised after a computer memory stick, containing the confidential files of 200 patients, was found in a street.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Trust said the stick was found by a member of the public in Barnard Castle, Co Durham. It stored a summary of medical histories and patients’ national insurance numbers and addresses.

This is just ridiculous.


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