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Serious data breach at Bedfordshire Council

Bedfordshire Council (“the Council”) has been severely criticised for breaching the data of 100 people with special educational needs (“SEND”). The data breach seems to have happened on Monday 11 May 2022, when the Council was responding to a Freedom of Information Act request. The information was published on a website called whatdotheyknow.com and was [...]

By |2022-05-30T18:29:57+01:00May 30th, 2022|Latest News|Comments Off on Serious data breach at Bedfordshire Council

Data breach of vaccine trial participants

Clinical research company Lakeside Healthcare Research, has been carrying out trials for a new type of COVID vaccination (Valneva) at 27 sites in the UK. At the Corby study site, the research team contacted the participants via email to invite them for a booster vaccine. But the email sent to each participant mistakenly included the [...]

By |2022-03-18T16:29:20+00:00March 18th, 2022|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breach of vaccine trial participants

Massive data breach of NHS patient records

Personal sensitive information of tens of thousands of people has been breached by PSL Print Management. PSL is a consultancy firm working with the NHS. The company who is based in Preston is earning millions from payments from the NHS, according to the Daily Mail. How did the breach happen? The breach was discovered when [...]

By |2022-03-03T11:19:47+00:00March 3rd, 2022|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Massive data breach of NHS patient records

Data breach at Greensward Academy

Sensitive information about pupils was leaked to parents and students following a data breach at Greensward Academy, in Hockley, Essex. A teacher at the school accidentally shared a mock examinations timetable via Google Classroom, unaware that the document also contained sensitive information. The document was shared with students and parents of students in year 11. [...]

By |2022-02-25T16:10:12+00:00February 25th, 2022|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breach at Greensward Academy

Confidential patient files left outside an unused surgery in Warwick

Priory Medical Centre in Warwick closed its medical centre in June 2021. And they relocated to a new surgery with the same name. But outside the unused surgery, they left an unlocked cabinet, which contained patients’ confidential files. The abandoned files contained confidential information about patients, including  names, dates of birth, addresses and NHS numbers. [...]

By |2022-02-20T10:03:58+00:00February 20th, 2022|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Confidential patient files left outside an unused surgery in Warwick

Nurse accessed confidential records of online dating matches

HK, a nurse working at Nottingham University Hospital, accessed 28 medical records of patients she met on dating websites. She has accessed these records without authorisation. In April 2019 one of the patients complained of the breach to the NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). The complaint led to an internal investigation. This found [...]

By |2021-10-25T12:10:32+01:00October 25th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Nurse accessed confidential records of online dating matches

ICO fines Mermaids for data breach

The Information Commissioners Office has fined transgender charity Mermaids £25,000 for failing to keep the personal data of its users secure. The ICO found that Mermaids (a charity which offers support to children/young adults and their families in relation to gender non-conformity) breached users’ data by failing to implement appropriate security and technical measures to [...]

By |2021-10-13T17:49:16+01:00October 13th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO fines Mermaids for data breach

Oxford Council data breach

Oxford City Council have apologized to local residents following a data breach that occurred at the end of July 2021. Up to 80 residents received letters from the Council containing rent statements intended for others. One resident said: “I received a letter that was addressed to my address but not with my name. I mistakenly [...]

By |2021-10-01T16:45:04+01:00October 1st, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Oxford Council data breach

Senior clinician at Liverpool Hospital loses two boxes containing patient data

It has been reported that MG, a physiotherapist working at Liverpool Women’s Hospital lost two boxes of patient records, which he removed from the Hospital premises to conduct his own clinical trial. The physio has now been suspended for running the trial without proper authorisation. MG used Hospital consent forms to obtain patient approval to [...]

By |2021-07-23T17:14:37+01:00July 23rd, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Senior clinician at Liverpool Hospital loses two boxes containing patient data

New Forest District Council reports data breach

Back in April of this year New Forest District Council reported a data breach which occurred in 2018, when a member of the public submitted a request to the local authority through the website www.whatdotheyknow.com. The website helps people with their Freedom of Information Act requests and then publishes the results online. The FOI request [...]

By |2021-06-17T12:23:13+01:00June 17th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on New Forest District Council reports data breach