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Re: Use of Live (personal) data used within training database

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Simon Howarth <[log in to unmask]>

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Simon Howarth <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:18:03 +0100

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That's one of the reasons that the system I was involved with had the
security around it that it had, including pink paper. It never happened, but
all staff were aware that if they came across pink paper letters or other
output that it was likely to be test data and they should seek advice.

However, in 99.9% of cases live data shouldn't be used, in my opinion, but I
also understand the view that some systems cannot be tested effectively with
randomly generated data. NHS number for example cannot be randomly generated
as the tenth digit is a check digit and there is an algorithm for generating
these numbers. Mind you there's nothing to stop the DH creating "test" NHS
numbers, I suppose.

I tell you , there's some interesting discussions going on, on here, today.

Simon.

Simon Howarth MBCS CITP
www.informationedge.co.uk




-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Baines, Jonathan
Sent: 28 June 2012 14:56
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [data-protection] Use of Live (personal) data used within
training database

Or even worse

"The view is sometimes expressed that system testing poses no real data
protection problem, as it takes place all the time with little apparent
detriment to individuals. The following case study, which is based on a true
complaint received by the Information Commissioner's Office, shows that the
use of 'live' data to test systems can indeed cause very real problems for
individuals. A pupil was away from home at boarding school. The pupil's
parents received a letter from the local hospital informing them that their
daughter had been involved in a road accident. In fact, there had been no
accident, but the hospital had been using live patient data to test a system
for sending out letters to patients."

via
http://blog.securityactive.co.uk/2010/02/05/information-commissioners-view-o
n-using-personal-data-for-system-testing/

See also ICO's comments there.

Jonathan Baines
Legal and Democratic Services
Buckinghamshire County Council
01296 383681

 

-----Original Message-----
From: This list is for those interested in Data Protection issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Peter Dinsdale
Sent: Thursday 28 June 2012 14:51
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [data-protection] Use of Live (personal) data used within
training database
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