By Emma Hughes
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
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,
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