Its another Joke right ?
Trust spokespersons told the Reg that the data had only been placed on the laptops due to a "temporary problem" with the hospital's network, which has since been rectified.
MAX - Those temporary network problems sure can escalate !
“We believe the data will almost certainly be wiped by the thief so he can get a quick sale," speculated Astley.
MAX - I would imagine that the thief is less inclined to wipe anything other than his/her fingerprints?
"Nonetheless we owe it to our patients to protect their personal information and we have reminded our staff not to store this kind of data on laptops in the future. We have also set up a helpline for patients to ring for further information.”
MAX - yea, and to abide by the Data Protection Act in the first place. there are 2 crimes here.
The machines' drives were not encrypted. However, hospital staff were keen to stress that the laptops were "password protected".
MAX - yea, thats gonna slow them down alright. Order a pitza, by the time it arrives they be in.
"We could not anticipate a determined thief who was prepared to force open a filing cabinet and locked drawers," said Chief Executive David Astley.
MAX - Wow the determination of it all. Call me old fashioned, but thieves have always been determined, surely all of this was caught on internal security camera. Probably not due to the network problem?