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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

Oxford Council data breach

Oxford City Council have apologized to local residents following a data breach that occurred at the end of July 2021. Up to 80 residents received letters from the Council containing rent statements intended for others. One resident said: “I received a letter that was addressed to my address but not with my name. I mistakenly did not read the name just opened it and it was a ‘Statement of Main Rent Account”. Once the resident saw that the letter had [...]

October 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on Oxford Council data breach

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 use their data in his clinical trial and moved the sensitive records to a private practice. He used NHS follow up appointments to take readings [...]

July 23rd, 2021|Categories: 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 was for all Council Housing properties, including properties bought under the Right to Buy Scheme. This scheme allows some tenants to buy their council home [...]

June 17th, 2021|Categories: 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 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
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