We all heard about laptop losses this week, and The Register has a leaked email with the new rules that the Cabinet Office has sent out. The new rules are that no mobile storage devices of personal data can be taken off secure premises, and personal data is defined as
Any information that links one or more identifiable living person with private information about them” or “Any source of information about 1000 identifiable individuals or more, other than information sourced from the public domain.So that includes the mobile phones of civil servants and spin doctors doesn't it? UNless of course they use silly names. The email also states that
Clarification has been given that this applies to any mobile device with storage capacity, including mobile phones and PDA’s.So the next time you see a spAd walking along the street talking on their mobile, remember that they may in fact be breaking Government data security that have gone from one extreme to the other.