UK data breaches still soaring - info sent by our government mole
Data breaches by companies and government agencies has significantly risen in the past three months. There have been 99 breaches since November, compared to 277 across the previous year, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The NHS stands at the top of the data bollock-dropping chart, with 102 of those 376 breaches since November 2007 coming on their watch. Some of our favourite examples* included…
- The nurse who accessed confidential medical info to see if her new boyfriend was suffering from an STD (he was)
- The housing benefit officer who tried to get information about whether his next door neighbour wore a wig.
- The spy who dropped a microfilm into his soup in a Prague restaurant and then accidentally swallowed it.
*Examples all made up – much more fun than the mundane truth. Okay, slightly more fun then.