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Data Protection – First data loss of 2009 from the HSE

Last year we started an analysis and running total of how many Irish business and organisations loose the personal data of their customers.

The HSE in Donegal has the dubious honour of the being the first of 2009 to be added to the listing. According to this article in the Irish Times:

The HEALTH Service Executive (HSE) has begun an investigation into how confidential medical notes from 16 patients treated at a Donegal hospital came to be dumped in an alleyway in Derry. The notes from Letterkenny General Hospital were found on Thursday off Gartan Square in the Bogside area of Derry by a local resident. They contained the names, dates of birth and medical conditions of 16 patients.

I don’t think I’ve missed any so far in 2009, but drop me a line or leave a comment if there have been any others that you’re aware of.

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