The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Verity Trustees with a Formal Undertaking after it emerged that a laptop containing personal details of more than 100,000 individuals was stolen.
The total number of people affected by the theft is believed to be in the region of 110,000. However, 18,000 of these individuals have had their bank details exposed alongside their NI numbers, addresses, names and dates of birth. Continue reading
In many organizations, personal details of clients are stored in the form of data on laptops, computer hard discs and storage devices like USB pen drives. Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust (PCT) was not an exception. Large amounts of sensitive personal data regarding patients were stored in company computer equipment that was stolen.
The Information Commissionerís Office (ICO) has rated this incident as a Data Protection Act breach and ordered enforcement action against the PCT. This is not only a humbling occurrence for the PCT but also is expected to amount to potential future losses for the company.
This is the eighth time that the ICO has taken action against a company for data loss. Such data loss is demeaning for the company and results in a larger loss since the sensitive information can be used negatively against many innocent people.
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A recent review conducted by Mark Walport, the director of the Wellcome Trust, and the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has come up with certain pertinent suggestions regarding current personal data protection policies.
One of the main recommendations is tougher and further reaching powers for the Office of Information Commissioner to enforce relevant rules apart from more proactive leadership and greater accountability on data protection, and more protection of information online and, specifically, in the electoral register.
Walport noted in a statement:
The case for change is indeed overwhelming. The law and its framework lack clarity. The technology enabling the collection as well as sharing of large amount of personal data continues to advance. However, public confidence in how personal data is safeguarded is evaporating.
The package of recommendations is largely aimed at transforming the manner in which personal data is collected, managed, stored, used and shared. RIchard Thomas mentioned:
The risks in the new information age are very real, particularly if organisations are cavalier about sharing. The regulatory system that governs data sharing must have much more bite, and reform is now long overdue.
The ICO (Information Commissionerís Office), the UK’s independent public body, has been set up for promoting access to official information and also protect personal information through standard practice.