North west

In the era of increasing digital dependency, keeping confidential information in the right hands has never been more important. But it would seem that just as major organisations have the capacity to store an ever-greater amount of highly sensitive information, those same organisations have been plagued with a series of oversights, seeing that information go missing.

According to Susan Hall, IP specialist at Manchester firm Cobbetts, the northwest can be given the unenviable epithet of being the UK’s data ‘dysprotection’ hub. The loss of 4,000 patient details by Stockport Primary Care Trust is just one recent case.

However, the Information Commissioner is attempting to secure custodial sentences for members of the public and private sectors deemed responsible, which could turn the tide. This will encourage law firms to take steps to ensure data is properly encrypted and that access to privileged information is reduced.