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

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

Data breaches by universities

Data breaches by universities are becoming ever more frequent. And considering the amount of personal data universities hold in relation to both their students and employees, they face an onerous responsibility in ensuring the safety and security of that data. Universities, like many other large organisations, have been the targets of cyber and phishing attacks [...]

By |2021-02-04T09:22:16+00:00February 4th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by universities

Data breaches by Social Services

Social services are under the control of local councils. They handle the highly personal information of some of the most vulnerable members of society. As such, they have a duty to keep such information safe, secure, and confidential. Any breach of this duty may be deeply distressing to those affected. Recently, there has been increased [...]

By |2021-01-28T11:05:17+00:00January 26th, 2021|Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by Social Services

Sandicliffe Data Breach

Sandicliffe Motor Group, a vehicle dealership with a total of 10 sites in Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough has revealed details of a cyber-attack.  It has been reported that the incident may have affected “thousands” of staff and customers.   On becoming aware of the breach on 20 February this year Sandcliffe immediately launched an investigation [...]

By |2021-01-28T11:09:21+00:00November 12th, 2020|Latest News|Comments Off on Sandicliffe Data Breach