A local authority has signed an undertaking to improve the security of the personal data it holds after information about six vulnerable home support clients was stolen from a worker, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. North Lanarkshire Council's guidance on how workers should use, transport and dispose of …
Missing the point?
"No system of retaining information can ever be foolproof, such as when the theft of a handbag is involved"
Right, no system that involves people can ever be entirely foolproof, since we are all fools on some occasions, but you can design systems that make it harder for us to make mistakes in our foolish moments. However I completely fail to see what the theft of a handbag has to do with the problem - information should not be going out of the organisation in the clear, unprotected as a matter of course, whether in a handbag or a dumper truck.
Wasn't the data encrypted?
Surely all council workers should be equipped with a captain mystery secret decoder ring
Is it me...
Somehow "Lanarkshire wristslap" sounds like a euphemism.
It's like a Glasgow kiss, but they're a bit softer in Lanarkshire.
This makes no sense.
So a worker has a copy of her appointments and details for the next two days stolen (along with the handbag). and they need to make it more secure.
We'll that is pretty everyone in social services fucked then...
Ah unless they issue them with iPads etc, but budget for this will come from ??????
Nothing changes will someone gets fired or goes to prison.
That is all.
Data protection is good idea, but does anyone think that it goes too far? These documents aren't top secret classified documents. To ensure that pieces of paper don't contain any information just makes the social worker's job that much harder. What about the notes they might write down? Do they have to do everything via a secured data connection with Head Office just in case a piece of information is stolen?
"Adequate physical security measures will be implemented"
Why the hell were they not implemented before now?
Apparently the council isn't even bothering to pretend that they were taking precautions before, now they've been caught they will make a show of putting some effort in until the spotlights move onto another council. Then it'll be back to business as usual.
Lock and key
If you need to have access to infomation in the clear (and I can understand why hardcopies of personal information are still the only practical solution for a lot of situations), at least make sure there's some attempt to secure it. Anything's better than nothing if all else fails.
For the sake of accuracy
Please note that this refers to North Lanarkshire Council. There is "Lanarkshire" Council . Purely to avoid South Lanarkshire Council being associated.
Maybe those muppets who havent read the article properly and who mentioned encryption snould realise we are talking about HARDCOPY.
Too many beers taken already?