Introduction In August 2016 the Information Commissioner’s Office, (‘the ICO’) announced that it had fined Whitehead Private Nursing Home, (‘the nursing home’), £15,000 for breaking the law by not looking after the sensitive personal details in its care. The legal Continue reading Nursing home fined £15,000 for data security breach
A GP practice that revealed confidential details about a woman and her family to her estranged ex-partner has been fined £40,000. The practice gave out the information despite express warnings from the woman that staff should take particular care to protect Continue reading GP surgery fined £40,000 for failing to protect patient’s personal data
In June 2016 the National Data Guardian for Health and Care, Dame Fiona Caldicott, published her report ‘Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs’. This addresses the question of what more can be done to build trust in how the Continue reading Health & social care organisations, trust and data security
A recent parliamentary report, (Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online) recommends several new measures that businesses should adopt to improve their cybersecurity including: A portion of CEO compensation should be linked to effective cybersecurity, in a way to be Continue reading MPs say CEO pay should be linked to effective cybersecurity
The government has decided to shut down its controversial care.data scheme after concerns were raised about the safeguards in place to protect individuals’ health care data and issues with patient transparency. The care.data scheme was plagued by delays since it Continue reading Government scraps NHS Patient Database Scheme
FACTS A clinic within Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, (‘the Trust’), treated patients with HIV. These patients were able to receive results and make appointments/enquiries by e-mail. The clinic also used email to send newsletters to those patients Continue reading Failure to use ‘bcc’ field in emails costs hospital £180,000
A Chief Executive, (who had been in that role for the past 17 years) and Finance Director have been dismissed after their company lost £31 million in an email scam. This news, when it emerged, caused the company’s shares to Continue reading Senior management jobs at risk over data security failures
Recently it has emerged that hackers, (or perhaps as we should more accurately call them, cyber-thieves), took about $80m (about £56m) from Bangladesh’s central bank. Apparently the bank had no firewall and used second-hand routers that cost $10 to connect to Continue reading Spelling error saves bank $920 million!
Kent Police has been fined £80,000 after sensitive personal details of a woman who accused her partner of domestic abuse were passed to the suspect. Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, said: “Kent Police was investigating a serious matter yet the Continue reading What’s on your phone?
A Scottish council has been criticised by the ICO for repeatedly failing to train staff around data protection. West Dunbartonshire Council (“the Council”) were told to implement training on several occasions, as well as being advised to put in place a policy Continue reading Lack of data protection training leads to data breach