100 data breaches since the loss of HMRC details

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23 April 2008

The ICO has received notification of nearly 100 data breaches by public and private sector organisations since the loss of two discs containing the register of 25 million people claiming child benefit by HM Revenue and Customs last november. The cases reported include the loss of whole computers, memory sticks and computer discs containing unencrypted data as well as paper records. The missing information includes financial records, health records and other personal information. Half of the 28 private sector security breaches were by financial services companies. A third of the 62 public sector breaches involved central government and its agencies, and a fifth involved the NHS. 

The ICO has published new guidance on how to deal with data security breaches.

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