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ICO: Systemic Problem in Health Data Storage

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

July 1, 2011

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has said that the health service is not doing enough to keep patients' personal information secure, Public Service reports. "The security of data remains a systemic problem," Graham said, pointing to the loss of up to eight million patient records at NHS North Central London and five health organizations recently found to have breached the Data Protection Act. "The health service holds some of the most sensitive personal information of any sector in the UK," Graham said, adding that "policies and procedures may already be in place, but the fact is that they are not being followed on the ground."
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