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Unencrypted laptop holding personal data put at risk- UK Junior doctor to blame has today reported the loss of an unencrypted laptop by a doctor in the UK. The laptop in question contained patient data.

The report details that the UK junior medic faces a disciplinary enquiry, after acting against regulations set by the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. He took unencrypted patient information and loaded it onto his own laptop, which was then stolen. He didn’t inform the right people of the incident for two weeks after.

Hull NHS Trust residents have been affected by a third breach of personal data exposure in less than a year, the others being the unauthorised access of sensitive data by a Trust staff member, and the theft of data from firm A4e (who, incidentally, were one of the first companies to be issued with a monetary fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office).

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