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

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

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

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