18K Residents At Financial Risk Following Avoidable Data Breach

An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ISO), found that Rochdale Metropolitan Bourough Council breached the Data Protection Act by losing an unencrypted memory stick containing the details of over 18,000 residents.

“Storing the details of over 18,000 constituents on an unencrypted device is clearly unacceptable. This incident could have been easily avoided if adequate security measures had been in place.”Sally Anne Poole, Acting Head of Enforcement.

The only certain way to avoid breaching the DPA is to issue all staff with encrypted memory sticks in place of ordinary ones.

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