Ooops, here we go again.

  Belatucadrus 17:38 20 May 2008

click here

Deja vu.

  peter99co 17:43 20 May 2008

It would have been a lovely day out for an IT rep. to take it over and deliver by hand.

  rodriguez 17:43 20 May 2008

It was being sent to a software company to be backed up? Couldn't their IT dept cope with backing up and encrypting a disc then?

  Forum Editor 18:18 20 May 2008

it's worth looking at the detail of this story.

The data were encrypted and password-protected, and were stored on tape - we're not talking about a CD or DVD here. A third-party software company was involved because it checks the tapes (which are themselves back-ups) to ensure that the data could be restored in the event that the prime copy was corrupted, or destroyed in a fire or flood etc.

It's extremely unlikely that anyone would be able to access the data if they were to fall into the wrong hands, but it's true that the tapes contain highly confidential information about individual patients.

Finally, the NHS hasn't lost the data, the courier has. The Isle of Wight Primary Care Trust also has a second backup copy of the tapes.

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