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NHS lose laptop containing details of over 8 million people has reported on what could be the biggest data breaches of its kind for the National Health Service.

Recently the North Central London Strategic Health Authority informed police that a laptop containing over 8 million patient records has gone missing from one of its storerooms.

Although the laptop went missing many weeks ago, the situation has only just been reported to police; it is not known if the password-protected, but not encrypted laptop has gone missing, or has been stolen.

Since the Information Commissioner’s office implemented its new fining policy, whereby organisations can be fined up to £500,000 for data breaches, the NHS has ‘been one of the worst offenders… and was responsible for roughly a quarter of all incidents reported to the ICO’, according to

Mick Gorrill, former ICO head of enforcement has indicated that the NHS is however improving, and is ‘getting to grips’ with data protection.

The ICO said that it is making enquiries “to establish the full facts of this alleged data breach”.

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