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Recruitment Agency signs Undertaking for the ICO

Healthcare Locums, a medical recruitment agency, has signed a formal Undertaking for the ICO after it was found to have lost the personal data relating to doctors.

An auction website was used to sell this personal data, which included visa and clearance information, and although Healthcare Locums confirmed the incident had happened, it initially didn’t know how or when the data went missing – later it was confirmed that the hard drive containing the information went missing during a transfer of items across the country.

“This breach highlights the importance of making sure personal information is transported in a way that complies with the Data Protection Act,” said Sally Anne-Poole, enforcement group manager at the ICO. Healthcare Locums signed the formal Undertaking, which covers how information is handled and transported.

To read more on this, go to http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2271623/ico-acts-nhs-leak now.

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