Loss of personal data.
An unencrypted data stick holding personal data and sensitive personal data relating to health patients and trust staff was found by a member of the public and handed in to the press.
Undertaking issued to ensure that only data sticks with suitable encryption are used by Trust staff and that an adequate encryption policy and procedures are put in place. All staff must be given appropriate data protection training.
Reason for action
The lost data stick was unencrypted and there was no encryption policy in place.
2 January 2009
View PDF of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Undertaking (Breach Watch Archive)