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[Dataloss] Scottish public sector leaks data, most of it unencrypted

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Thu Sep 02 2010 - 14:48:34 CDT


Scottish public sector leaks data, most of it unencrypted
One council manages to 'lose' 60 PCs from schools

By Anh Nguyen | Computerworld UK | Published 08:50, 01 September 10

Most of the data lost by public sector bodies in Scotland was unencrypted,
a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

The FOI request, made by the Liberal Democrats, revealed that the police,
councils and NHS in Scotland recorded 226 data items lost, stolen or
simply .missing. since 2007.

Of these 226 items, which included PCs, laptops, mobile phones and hard
drives, some with personal data, 171, or 75 percent, were unencrypted.
This figure does not include the items where the encryption status was not

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