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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 email address of all the participants. Unfortunately, Corby’s research team did not use the BCC function when sending the email. A participant in the study [...]

March 18th, 2022|Categories: 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 a whistleblower requested all the emails and text messages relating to his employment at PSL. The person was sent a memory stick which contained the [...]

March 3rd, 2022|Categories: 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. The sensitive information contained details such as: Addresses School meal status Deprivation status Exam dispensation Special education needs Parents and children (who wished to remain [...]

February 25th, 2022|Categories: 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. The files also contained details such as a date patient was registered. The unsecured cabinet was left for some time in the doorway of the [...]

February 20th, 2022|Categories: 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 that the nurse was accessing the medical records without a clinical reason and contrary to the Trust policy. HK is a former paediatric nurse who [...]

October 25th, 2021|Categories: 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 protect personal information. This security failure resulted in documents and emails containing the personal information of users (including children) and special category data to be [...]

October 13th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on ICO fines Mermaids for data breach
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