Stolen Laptops Hold Info On 11,500 Children - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
News
News
3/27/2007
04:45 PM
50%
50%

Stolen Laptops Hold Info On 11,500 Children

Law enforcement agents are searching for three laptops -- holding the names, birth dates, and addresses of child patients -- that were stolen from a National Health Services office in the United Kingdom.

Three laptops containing personal information on 11,500 children were stolen earlier this month from a National Health Services office in the United Kingdom and police are worried the information may fall into the wrong hands.

The computers were taken from Primary Care Trust office on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21, according to an advisory from the Nottinghamshire County NHS. The laptops contained the names, addresses, and dates of birth of child patients between the ages of 8 months and 8 years old.

"There was no health information or other details on the stolen computer," said Wendy Saviour, chief executive of the Nottinghamshire County NHS, in a written statement. "The information was protected by a password, which reduces the chances of anyone being able to see the information. We have, however, written to all the 9,742 families affected by this theft to inform them of what has happened."

The NHS or National Health Service was set up in the United Kingdom in 1948 to provide health care for citizens based on need, not on the ability to pay. The trust is responsible for planning and paying for health care, including school nursing, dentistry, and home health visits, for 649,173 Nottinghamshire residents.

"We take our responsibility to keep personal information safe very seriously," said Saviour, who added that the theft is being investigated by law enforcement. "Action will be taken to ensure that lessons are learned."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Digital Transformation Myths & Truths
Transformation is on every IT organization's to-do list, but effectively transforming IT means a major shift in technology as well as business models and culture. In this IT Trend Report, we examine some of the misconceptions of digital transformation and look at steps you can take to succeed technically and culturally.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll