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Patients Fret About Breaches, ICO Wants Auditing Powers

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

October 13, 2011

A study conducted by an auditing solutions firm has revealed that more than half of National Health Service (NHS) patients would withhold personal information from their doctors due to concerns over data breaches or confidentiality, PublicService.co.uk reports. Of the more than 1,000 respondents, nearly 40 percent said they would seek alternative treatment if a clinic had a poor data security reputation. Meanwhile, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has once again called for powers to conduct compulsory data protection audits in the local government, health and private sectors, according to a press release. Graham said, "Something is clearly wrong when the regulator has to ask permission from the organizations causing us concern before we can audit their data protection practices."
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