Stolen NHS laptop with children's details recovered by police

Police have recovered a stolen NHS laptop containing names, addresses and dates of birth of 11,500 children.

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Police have recovered a stolen NHS laptop containing names, addresses and dates of birth of 11,500 children.

The machine was one of three stolen http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/security/data-control/news/index.cfm?newsid=2376 from Nottinghamshire Teaching primary care trust on Wednesday 21 March. It contained data on child patients aged between eight months and eight years.

A spokesperson for the PCT said technicians were examining the laptop to try to establish whether thieves had accessed the data.

After the theft, PCT chief executive Wendy Saviour said: “The information was protected by a password, which reduces the chances of anyone being able to see the information.”

But the PCT was unable to confirm if the data was protected by any other security measures – or explain why the confidential information on thousands of children was held on the laptop in the first place. The PCT said this was a matter that was under investigation as part of an internal inquiry.

The theft from PCT offices at Sherwood Forest Hospital followed a break-in through a window.

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