The UK Driver's License Applicants Breach and Laws
Dark Reading reported that “Data on 3M UK Drivers ‘Lost in Iowa’.”
“In May this year, Pearson Driving Assessments Ltd, a private contractor to the Driving Standards Agency, informed the agency that a hard disk drive had gone missing from its secure facility in Iowa City, Iowa,” Kelly said. “The hard disk drive contained the records of just over three million candidates for the driving theory test.”
The records contained the driver’s name, postal address, phone number, the test fee paid, the test center, a code indicating how the test was paid for, and an email address, Kelly said.
I think this is an interesting disclosure, because most of the laws we see are of the form “if you disclose information about our citizens” rather than “if you disclose in our state.” Sometimes, like with Choicepoint, this serves to get notice out. Other times, perhaps this being one of them, it acts as a loophole.
As Canada, the UK, and other places look to write new laws or regulations, it would be good for them to consider if they’d like to have laws which cover more breaches. It strikes me as a tremendously good idea.