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Legal disputes over data theft rising

August 6th, 2013

The number of High Court legal disputes over the data theft from businesses has reached a record high, as the popularity of cloud storage services making it easier for confidential data to be stolen.

According to commercial law firm EMW, last year there was a growth by 58 percent of legal disputes taken to the High Court, with 167 cases during 2012, up from 45 in 2010 and 106 in 2011.

The majority of these cases are civil claims against former employees launched by businesses, with the aim of preventing them from taking confidential data from company database.

Popularity of cloud storage systems such as DropBox has made it easier for employees to steal information outside the business. This is one of the reasons for the increase in businesses taking action against employees, said Mark Finn, principal at EMW.

Finn said “The boom in cloud computing and the widespread use of services like Dropbox have made copying a large database something that can be accomplished by virtually anyone in seconds”.

Finn added that many of the cases which have appeared in court have concerned financial services firms, estate agents and recruitment businesses which have had databases of contacts taken over to rival firms by their employees. This has become more of a problem as the tough economic climate of the past years has meant that more staff has been moving from one company to another.

“Employment contracts are generally very clear on this issue – all know-how, databases and other forms of intellectual property developed by staff during their work time is the property of the employer. Occasionally, disgruntled staff may misguidedly feel they have a ‘moral right’ to take data they have developed. This simply is not the case” he said.

“As the economy improves and businesses increasingly see employees leave to join rivals, they will have no choice but to undertake potentially lengthy and costly legal action to protect their interests”.

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Laptop containing 2000 Fairfax students’ data stolen

July 27th, 2013

Fairfax School is an 11-19 secondary school with academy status in Sutton Coldfield, north of Birmingham. The school was established in 1959. A laptop containing health records for 2,000 students of Fairfax County public school was stolen. The laptop contained personal information and was stolen from a health department employee’s car, as told by school and health officials.

School officials sent a letter to parents explaining that someone broke into the car and took the laptop. Officials also told, a briefcase containing student records in paper was also stolen along with the health department issued laptop.

The laptop contained personal information of nearly 2,000 Fairfax students at six schools, including Lanier and Rocky Run middle schools, Brookfield, Fairfax Villa and Navy elementary schools and Chantilly High School and Chantilly Academy.

As told by the health officials at school, the laptop included personal data of students such as their names, school system identification numbers and specific medical conditions. However, Social Security numbers, health insurance information or address of students was not stored in the laptop.

The school nurse had the permission to carry the laptop and the documents with her at home, but it was noticed that the nurse failed to keep the files secure, violating protocol.

The personal records on paper should have stored in locked briefcase, separate from the laptop. The information on laptop should not have been stored on laptop’s hard drive, officials said. Health officials said, the files were supposed to be stored on encrypted portable drives as they were personally identifiable information. The nurse will face strict action against this mistake.

According to spokesman Glen Barbour, current security procedures are being reviewed with employees by the health department.

Barbour said “We are going above and beyond to make sure this doesn’t happen again”.

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Seattle sheriff’s laptop stolen from her truck

July 3rd, 2013

People sleep peacefully on their beds at night only because they know that cops stands ready to flee away the thieves and criminals. Yes, there are some people who do not fear cops, read this article to find out how a laptop belonging to a detective of a Seattle sheriff’s office was stolen.

You must have heard of laptop theft incidents but this time the thieves had planned something big. A laptop belonging to an undercover officer of a Seattle sheriff’s office was stolen from her truck.  Around 2,300 individuals were informed that they might have become victims of identity theft.

As per the information by Komo News, the stolen laptop contained sensitive unencrypted information such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and case files containing personal information about crime victims, witnesses, suspects and cops officers.

According to a detective with the Sheriff’s office, the notification letters were not sent immediately because it took them a while to find out whose information was compromised. “Somebody had to go through and read everything and cull out all of that information,” she said.

The detective violated KCSO policy which says: (1) always use encryption software when sensitive data is stored on a digital storage device, like a laptop or an external hard drive, (2) not to store any sensitive data on devices that were not issued by the Sheriff’s Office, (3) never taking sensitive data outside of the office.

This might not have been the first time that they have experienced such data theft, but this one was definitely the worst till now, said the detective. She was questioned by many people that why they not enforce encryption at the time of theft to prevent any possibility of data breach. In her reply she said that they were currently adding encryption software to all the computers in the office and they did not manage to do it in all the systems when the laptop was stolen. Sixty percent of the computers were finished, but the stolen laptop was not one of them.

But the question remains that why would anyone leave an unencrypted laptop in the car knowing that it contains highly sensitive information which can cause huge damage if stolen.

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