The Department does not differentiate between stolen, missing or lost equipment. The portable equipment lost or stolen for the period April 2007 to March 2008 is as follows:
Items Total items lost during the year Mobile phones 21 Pagers 0 Laptops 14 Psions, PalmPilots, Ipaqs, Blackberrys 9 Laptop Projectors 1 Other IT equipment 0 Total losses 45
Total items lost during the year
Psions, PalmPilots, Ipaqs, Blackberrys
Other IT equipment
The Department takes the security and protection of its assets very seriously. Its policy and procedures are constantly reviewed and cases of losses or thefts are investigated. As a further deterrent, the Department marks its portable equipment with an invisible forensic dye called Smartwater. The Department's Security Unit continues to raise security awareness and physical protection of information technology equipment among its staff.
The Department has recorded one personal data related incident in 2007-08 in its Resource Accounts published on 10 October 2008. This concerned the Medical Training Application Service website where personal details of some junior doctors were erroneously made available as a result of action taken by a third party managing data on the Department's behalf, contrary to the instructions on data handling issued to them by the Department.