By Tom Young
24 Jun 2008
The Scottish Ambulance Service has lost data relating to almost a
million emergency calls including the name and addresses of patients, in
the latest public sector data loss scandal.
The disc went missing while courier TNT was transporting it to MIS
Emergency Services, the company that supplies the IT system used in the
ambulance service's three centres.
The disc - which was encrypted - contained a copy of records of 894,629
calls to the service's Paisley centre since February 2006, including the
addresses of incidents, some phone numbers and some patient names.
"Given the security measures and the complex structure of the database
it would be extremely difficult to gain access to any meaningful
information," said a spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The information contained on the disc was to be used in the development
of the service's command and control systems.
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