Personal information about those who fail to secure personal information

Jeremy Phillips

Computer Weekly, reporting on the Information Commissioner’s Office finding that Ipswich doctor Paul Thomas had breached the Data Protection Act by failing to secure a computer containing patient information, gives a link to the undertaking that Dr Thomas was required to sign. This undertaking is a pledge to keep personal information secure in the future.

Datonomy wonders how many readers will feel slightly uncomfortable about this, since the undertaking contains the full details of the doctor’s address which might just tempt a disgruntled or malevolent patient to hurl a brick through the window of the premises from which he practises.

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