Loss of sensitive personal data.
About 80 records.
An unencrypted USB memory stick containing data relating to about 80 children was lost.
Undertaking issued to ensure that all media storage devices must be sufficiently encrypted. Staff must be suitable trained in these internal policies and sufficient supervisory checks must be put into place to ensure adherence.
Reason for action
The storage of personal data on an unencrypted USB stick was contrary to council policies and procedures, which required all such devices to be purchasing centrally through its IT department and encrypted.
7 May 2009