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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 using their NHS number or, if they do not have it to hand, some basic identity information. But in the process, users’ vaccination status is disclosed, allowing [...]

June 10th, 2021|Categories: 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 bodies hold and process a wide range of our personal information. Besides the contact detail of their patients and employees, these bodies hold extremely sensitive [...]

May 11th, 2021|Categories: 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 criminals manages to steal confidential data of students past and present including: phone numbers, donation history and event attendance. The ransomware attack targeted the cloud [...]

April 26th, 2021|Categories: 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 incidents reported to the ICO (read more here ).And there is no evidence that this will change any time soon. While the NHS is quickly [...]

April 12th, 2021|Categories: 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 a staff member mistakenly uploading the private information. By email of 19 March, the authority confirmed that data relating to youngsters entitled to free bus [...]

April 9th, 2021|Categories: 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 that the underlying problem is  probably far greater. Why should this be so? And does it really matter? The health care sector in the UK [...]

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO report shows that health care sector is top of the league for data breaches– again!
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