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Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen

Midnight_Caller
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Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen

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More than 24,000 people in Hull and Leicester have had information about them stolen, it has been revealed.
Training company A4e said the data was held on a personal computer of an employee which was stolen in "an opportunistic domestic burglary".
A4e said the laptop, that was taken on 19 June in London, did not contain banking or credit information.
The company is examining how its data security procedures were breached so it can ensure it does not occur again.
A4e delivers public services across a range of sectors, including employment and welfare, training and education and debt and legal advice.
The stolen laptop contained names, postcodes, dates of birth and any possible awards made by a court.

Woops.
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alanf
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Lurker
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Re: Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen

Why do organisations employ people stupid enough to allow things like this to happen?
Keep all data on site, and use remote sessions to access and manipulate data when required.
There is no reason for the vast majority of the details we hear about being 'stolen/misplaced' to be stored locally. (Other than the apparently endemic bad management in the departments responsible for data control.)
pierre_pierre
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Re: Laptop with personal data of 24,000 people is stolen

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford are advertising for a "Specialist" to cut costs, pay only £1000 per day, yes one thousand
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7861411/Minister-Simon-Burns-demands-to-know-why-hospit...
MakeTeaNotWar
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I work with the NHS managing patient management systems which store hundreds of thousands of peoples very private records and could tell you stories that would have you cringing  Grin just imagine titanic style 'failure'.
Midnight_Caller
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@MakeTeaNotWar, Ok spill the beans then.
wacky17
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@ James_G i totally agree with you why do company employee's have to carry these sensitive detail around with them, they know the risks.
@ MakeTeaNotWar  I also have worked for the NHS and i too have a few story.
thejudge
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I'm saying nowt - I work for HMRC!  Wink
But, while we're on the subject:
http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2010/07/01/internet-security-crisis-as-civil-servant-leaves-sir-tim-berne...
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