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NHS Surrey fined £200,000 for data breach

Published on 12 July 2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued NHS Surrey with a monetary penalty of £200,000 after more than 3,000 patient records were found on a second hand computer bought through an online auction site. 

The sensitive information was inadvertently left on the computer and sold by a data destruction company employed by NHS Surrey since March 2010 to wipe and destroy their old computer equipment. The company carried out the service for free, with an agreement that they could sell any salvageable materials after the hard drives had been securely destroyed. Full details can be found at  http://www.ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2013/ico-issues-nhs-surrey-monetary-penalty-of-200000

Managing Director of Lombard Recycling Stuart Nicholls says " This is further evidence that some companies are not auditing their data destruction providers closely enough. We welcome site visits and provide our customers with a comprehensive check list linked to the European standard EN15713:2009 "

Any company or individual looking for more information or a free quote should phone 0800 389 9309 or email info@lombardrecycling.co.uk

 

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