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

We all love the NHS

But they really have to up their game when it comes to protecting our data A report last month in the Guardian confirmed that “NHS Digital is revising its process for booking Covid vaccinations in England after the discovery of a ‘seriously shocking failure’ that leaked medical data from the site. The website lets users make appointments [...]

By |2021-06-10T13:45:13+01:00June 10th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on We all love the NHS

“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 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

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