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Monday, January 28, 2008

Data loss one of the big privacy issues of 2007

The latest unhappy UK experience of data loss involved the theft of a laptop containing details of 600,000 people who have expressed an interest in or have joined the navy, marines and air force. For those who had submitted written applications, "extensive personal data" was involved including the bank details of 3,500 people.

This revelation came too late for inclusion in this long (but severely limited) list of 2007 celebrated instances of personal information disappearing into the stratosphere (or somewhere more sinister).

You would be forgiven for thinking all this is a northern hemisphere phenomenon. Something tells me it just isn't so.

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