The latest public body in the United Kingdom to reveal the extent of its data-leaks (or should that be data-leeks?) is the Welsh Assembly. According to the BBC, 16 data-sensitive documents have been recorded as lost or stolen during the past three years. The Assembly affirms that it has always taken data protection seriously, which is evidenced by the fact most of its data losses are merely in the “medium to low risk” category and that not all the data losses contain personal information.  A spokeswoman for the assembly government maintains that the Assembly both complies with the Data Protection Act and “delivers the commitment” to respect privacy as contained within its code of practice on public access to information.

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