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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!

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 her father, Thomas Markle, in 2018. This was shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry. The claim against ANL was for misuse of private information, [...]

March 4th, 2021|Categories: 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 at the top of their game in respecting data protection rights.  When it comes to sensitive personal information, sharing it with the wrong people or [...]

February 25th, 2021|Categories: 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 land search requests for those buying property. This, in turn, meant that some of the property purchases of residents fell through because buyers were unable [...]

February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by social workers
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