“Discs containing personal information on almost 18,000 NHS staff have gone missing from a north London hospital.
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust admitted the discs were lost when they were put in the post by mistake in late July.”
I've worked at the Whittington A&E department in my nursing days and it's worrying to think that there is enough data now floating out there, lost, to comprehensively steal people's identity.
These details could be used to impersonate a nurse. A nurse that might have access to vulnerable patients.
Of course, when the NHS has all your details on a centralised system there will be 'policies and procedures' in place to prevent this sort of data loss happening. Just as the policies in place managed to prevent this data loss.
Oh wait, they didn't.
On a technical side, it would be much more secure to encrypt the data and send it via the internet than to burn it to media and send it by post or courier.