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“Snooping” into patients’ records – a punishable offence under data protection legislation

It is no secret that the healthcare sector experiences the highest number of data breaches annually. And the sector has become even more attractive to cyber criminals (and even more prone to human errors) given that, in recent months, health organisations have had to focus on the Coronavirus pandemic. The NHS and all related health [...]

By |2021-05-11T14:16:37+01:00May 11th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on “Snooping” into patients’ records – a punishable offence under data protection legislation

Data breaches by schools and universities

Data breaches by schools and universities have been on the rise in the previous 12 months, demonstrating a continuing failure by the educational sector to come to terms with the data protection obligations imposed by the May 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (now the UK GDPR). Universities are prime targets. In May of 2020, cyber [...]

By |2021-04-26T19:55:23+01:00April 26th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Data breaches by schools and universities

Data breaches by the NHS

Information relating to our health is often of an extremely personal and confidential nature and is classified as special category data under data protection law. This means (generally speaking) that it cannot be disclosed without the consent of the patient. Yet data breaches by the NHS and healthcare organisations remain the most common data breach [...]

By |2021-04-12T09:10:39+01:00April 12th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by the NHS

Birmingham City Council data breach

Birmingham City Council has suffered a serious data breach incident in which information relating to “vulnerable” children. Their data was mistakenly uploaded to a Brum account, a website that allows taxpayers to access services offered by the local authority. The authority has said that the breach happened as a result of human error – with [...]

By |2021-04-09T15:22:33+01:00April 9th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Birmingham City Council data breach

ICO report shows that health care sector is top of the league for data breaches– again!

The ICO has recently published figures for the health care sector data breaches in the period 1/7/20 to 30/9/20 which show that, once again, the health sector is top of the league when it comes to data breach. During that period 442 heath sector data breaches came to the attention of the ICO. This suggests [...]

By |2021-03-05T15:25:42+00:00March 5th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO report shows that health care sector is top of the league for data breaches– again!

Duchess of Sussex wins her claim for misuse of private information

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been granted summary judgment in her legal battle with Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Ms Markle began legal action against ANL in 2019 in response to a publication by the Mail on Sunday of a letter the Duchess sent to [...]

By |2021-03-04T12:49:21+00:00March 4th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Duchess of Sussex wins her claim for misuse of private information

Social services data breaches imperil privacy rights of the most vulnerable

Personal data is the life blood of social services. Whether providing the care needs of the elderly and disabled, assessing the suitability of foster carers or protecting the welfare of abused children, they need to know sensitive and confidential information to carry out their tasks. All the more reason therefore, for social services to be [...]

By |2021-02-25T15:57:47+00:00February 25th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Social services data breaches imperil privacy rights of the most vulnerable

Data breaches by social workers

In January of this year the BBC reported that Hackney Council had been subjected to a “serious cyber-attack”. This resulted in the publication on the dark web of the personal details of the council staff and residents. In addition, the attack affected the various services Hackney residents relied on, including the council’s ability to process [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:54:58+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by social workers

Data breaches by local authorities

Data breaches by local authorities have unfortunately become very common. Where a council or a body under the council’s authority, such as social services, has breached your data, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation for any financial loss or distress suffered as result of the breach. Given the sensitive nature of [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:32:32+00:00February 17th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by local authorities

Data breaches by hospitals

NHS Trusts and Hospitals control and process highly sensitive and personal patient data, and  have a duty to keep that data safe and secure. And, for the most part, they do. However,  DRM Legal receive a steady flow of enquiries regarding data breaches by hospitals and other health providers. These breaches can happen as a [...]

By |2021-02-09T10:35:52+00:00February 9th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by hospitals