NHS laptop loss could put millions of records at risk

A laptop containing unnamed patient information has gone missing from a subsidiary of the National Health Service North Central London health authority, putting the privacy of patients at risk.

A laptop containing unnamed patient information has gone missing from a subsidiary of the National Health Service North Central London health authority,

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The Sun reported on Wednesday that the laptop, which was lost along with 19 others three weeks ago, contained the unencrypted health details of over 8.63 million people and records of 18 million hospital visits, operations and procedures. It was taken from a storeroom of London Health Programmes, a medical research organization based within the NHS North Central London health authority.

Both the UK's privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), and the police are investigating.

Read more of "NHS laptop loss could put millions of records at risk" at ZDNet UK.

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