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NHS second worst sector for data losses

By Steve Nowottny

The Information Commissioner's Office has received 75 reports of data security breaches by the NHS and healthcare sector since last November, new figures show.

The reported breaches include 27 lost computers, 18 losses of removable media such as USB sticks, 14 paper record losses and five inappropriate disclosures of information.

The healthcare sector came second only to the private sector in terms of the number of reported losses. The figures follow Pulse's revelation in September that data security lapses are much wider than previously thought, with four out of five trusts having suffered a data breach and a total of more than 1,300 incidents since January 2007.

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