Newspaper exposes hospital and council data losses

Graham Cluley

The Western Morning News, a regional newspaper in Britain, has a front page exclusive today about how hospitals and councils in the south west of the country have had embarrassing incidents involving lost data in the last three years.

The newspaper uncovered the incidents after it submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act, discovering that documents regarding child protection had been lost in the post, confidential patient information given to the wrong people, and computer equipment stolen containing unencrypted data.

The report goes into more details as to the precise nature of the incidents, but what was most interesting to me was the way in which the newspaper acquired the information about the data breaches.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.