2008: A year of lost data

Our month-by-month review of a year that witnessed a flood of redundancies, data blunders and economic turmoil ­- but at least Steve Jobs still has his health

Written by Bryan Glick
Computing, 18 Dec 2008


The Ministry of Defence loses a laptop containing the details of 600,000 people.


Skipton Financial Services is found in breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) for not encrypting the information of 14,000 customers on a stolen laptop.


Hurrah! None of your data was lost this month.


The Bank of New York Mellon admits misplacing details of 4.5 million customers, after losing a data tape earlier this year.


An unencrypted laptop containing medical details of several thousand patients is stolen from the car of a Colchester University Hospital manager.


The report into the loss of 25 million child benefit records by HM Revenue and Customs last year highlights “serious institutional deficiencies”.


Home Office contractor PA Consulting loses the details of 84,000 prisoners while moving a memory stick between PCs.


EDS loses a portable hard drive containing the details of 5,000 prison staff.


Deloitte loses a laptop containing the pension details of more than 100,000 employees of BSkyB, Network Rail and British Transport Police.


A KPMG report suggest 280 million people worldwide have been affected by data breaches.

More: http://www.computing.co.uk/computing/analysis/2232829/lost-lost-jobs-dead-jobs

p.s: I lost my 8GB memory stick while travelling to Miri, Sarawak in October... ;-(

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