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Cancer Patient Records sold on eBay

The ubiquitous presences of computer data seems to have no bounds. Hard Disk drives are found in computers, set top boxes, games machines, cameras, PDA’s, medical equipment an even photocopiers and fax machines. Each and every one stores a detailed personal profile of its users.

The last thing on one’s mind as a cancer patient is personal data security. However; as the study by Glamorgan University’s Forensic Science team has shown even here personal data is leaking and can be bought and sold on the open market. Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust found one of their old disks had been sold on eBay and has no idea how it got there. In the study sponsored by BT and Life Cycle Services they found 62% contained company records, personal information, financial data...

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