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Wednesday 21st March 2018

Cancer patient data lost

29th October 2009

The Information Commissioner has criticised Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust for losing three unencrypted USB sticks containing sensitive information about cancer patients.

The devices, which were lost between 28 May and 26 June 2009, contained the full treatment and diagnosis history of numerous cancer patients. The information was recorded in Microsoft Word format, leaving it accessible to anyone with a computer. However, the incident was not formally reported to the data controller’s management until after the third incident.


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