Data on over 6,000 prisoners in UK lost

January 10th, 2009 - 7:30 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan.10 (ANI): The British Government has done it again! It has lost a computer memory stick that contained the data of more than 6,000 prisoners in the country, besides some of their medical records.
The culprit, according to The Telegraph, is a health worker of the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust.
The device was lost last month by a member of staff and contained details on 6,360 prisoners from HMP Preston and was lost on December 30.
It is the latest in a long series of data losses to hit the Government and prison and health staff are now having to trawl records to track those affected down and inform them.
It contains details of some prisoners” ailments, such as diabetes, asthma, mental health and sexual health, but not full medical history, as well as prisoner surnames, their age range, cell location, prison number and clinic appointment times.
The member of staff has been suspended while the investigation is carried out. (ANI)

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