European Data Protection Digest

Health Trust Study Shows Staff Is Biggest Threat

DATA LOSS—UK

May 6, 2011

The Guardian reports that, according to a Guardian Healthcare study, the greatest risk to patient confidentiality lies with the employees of healthcare providers. Guardian Healthcare asked all 71 health service trusts for a list of data breaches experienced in the past three years, to which 30 responded with varying levels of detail. The results suggest "a large number could have been prevented if better data security awareness was in place at these organisations," the report states. The study also showed that, of the respondents, NHS Barnet has experienced the most data breaches, claiming a fifth--187--of the 909 NHS breaches.
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