[ISN] UK had 277 serious data breaches this year alone

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 23:03:21 -0600 (CST)

By Emma Hughes
The Inquirer
29 October 2008

THIS YEAR has not been a good one in terms of data breaches - from the 
loss of child benefit details to the loss of top secret information on 
known terrorists.

It is almost a year ago since 25 million child benefits records were 
lost by the HMRC but this is really only the tip of the data loss 
iceberg - since November 2007 the breach total has risen to 277 unique 

Speaking at the RSA Conference on data breaches, Information 
Commissioner, Richard Thomas revealed that the central government has 
committed 28 breaches, 75 have been found within the NHS and other 
health services and a whopping 80 within the private sector.

Enforcement has already been taken against HMRC, the Ministry of 
Defence, the Department of Health, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 
Virgin Media, Skipton Financial Services, Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk, 
and Orange.


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