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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 02:45:56 CST
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From: InfoSec News <alertsinfosecnews.org>
By Rebecca Smith
Computer security failures that allowed sensitive personal details of
junior doctors applying for training posts to be viewed by others were an
"unacceptable breach of security" by the Department of Health, the
Information Commissioner has found.
The sensitive details of thousands of doctors, including religious beliefs
and sexual orientation, could be seen by anyone logging on to the Medical
Training Application Service site.
The commissioner said the Department of Health had breached the Data
Protection Act and warned that if it happened again the department would
The findings increase pressure on ministers over the handling of sensitive
personal data and follows a series of security blunders.
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