European Data Protection Digest

Ombudsman: Clinics Fail to Protect Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—FINLAND

August 27, 2010

A study conducted by Finland's data protection ombudsman in June has found that private health clinics often fail to protect patients' data, yle.fi reports. According to the survey results, many private clinics do not monitor how patient information could be misused, the report states. Furthermore, one-third of private sector clinics have not appointed an information security contact person as required by law. The study also found that most pharmacies and clinics do not inform patients upon discovering that their information has been misused.
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