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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 some of the information local authorities hold about us, an unauthorised disclosure of that information can have an extremely detrimental impact on the lives of [...]

February 17th, 2021|Categories: 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 result of “human error” – often due to inadequate staff training, staff mistakes or negligence. Or, even worse, they may be the result of malicious [...]

February 9th, 2021|Categories: 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 - which in practice can be very difficult to defend against as hackers employ ever more sophisticated methods in a bid to unlawfully obtain financial [...]

February 4th, 2021|Categories: 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 media coverage of data breaches by social services and the sanctions imposed on councils as a result of their carelessness in processing people’s personal data. [...]

January 26th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Data breaches by Social Services

Crime records deleted in error by the police

Crime records including arrest history, DNA and fingerprints have been deleted in error from the Police National Computer (PNC). Deputy Chief Constable Naveed Malik states that: “Approximately 213,000 offence records, 175,000 arrest records and 15,000 person records have potentially been deleted [from the PNC] in error. In terms of understanding the potential linkage between records, a one-person record can have multiple arrest records and one arrest record can have multiple offences linked to it.” The policing minister Kit Malthouse added [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on Crime records deleted in error by the police

Council data breaches

Council data breaches East Devon District Council East Devon District Council has suffered a significant data breach. As a result of the data breach 37 of the councillors have had their passwords published online. The Council’s IT provider, Strata, in error, added the email passwords to the online profiles of the individual councillors. Jess Bailey, the cabinet portfolio holder for corporate services of the Council was asked whether confidential information might have been accessed by other parties. The confidential information [...]

December 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|Comments Off on Council data breaches
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