European Data Protection Digest

ICO: Healthcare Recruiter Breached DPA


October 15, 2010

Another healthcare-related entity has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act. According to an Information Commissioner's Office press release, the healthcare recruiting firm Healthcare Locums Plc (HCL) breached the act in losing the personal data of doctors it employed. A hard drive containing doctors' visa information and security clearance data was lost and sold on a Web auction site. It has since been returned to the agency. HCL's chief operating officer has signed a formal Undertaking promising to put in place certain data protection protocols. The ICO's enforcement group manager said, "I am pleased that Healthcare Locums is taking remedial steps to make sure incidents like this one do not happen again."
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