Camden health trust in trouble over disposal of old computers

Jeremy Phillips

Computer Active reports that the Information Commissioner’s Office has taken enforcement action against the Camden Primary Care Trust (PCT) following a breach of the Data Protection Act. Nine computers in the London borough’s PCT, containing a total of 2,500 names of individuals, together with their addresses and diagnoses of their medical conditions were left beside a skip inside the grounds of St Pancras Hospital in August 2008. According to the Office, the information was not encrypted and, while the computers in question were no longer in use, the data controller had not authorised their disposal and did not discover the incident for 13 days.

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