Feeds

Irish courts take tough line on data protection

No HMRC debacle in the Emerald Isle

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Irish legal system has deployed the ultimate weapon in the war against inadvertent loss of confidential data - a foolproof system of outside contractors coupled to shredders which ensures that no potentially sensitive information is ever read by anyone.

In a successful test run of the new scheme last week, all of the mail delivered to Dublin's Four Courts on Tuesday was destroyed without being opened. The Courts Service later attributed the trashing to "an outside contractor [who] mistakenly added two bags of mail to bags of documents for shredding".

The service is now rather marvellously "asking people who may have sent post to the Four Courts in the past few days to find out whether it was received or not", as RTÉ explains.

It did, however, assure the public that at no time was sensitive material in danger of doing an HMRC, and confirmed "there has not been a breach of confidentiality as all of the post was shredded".

It works for us, and we're sure that as we speak Alistair Darling is thumbing through shredder catalogues and keenly eyeing portable disc incinerator websites. ®

Bootnote

Thanks to Tristan Corry-White for the heads-up. For those of you not up to speed on Irish courts, the Four in question were previously the Courts of Chancery, Exchequer, Kings Bench and Common Pleas, now less glamorously known as Courts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.