European Data Protection Digest

ICO Orders Trust To Review Policies, Train Staff

DATA LOSS—UK

October 28, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust to review its policies and train staff after finding that the trust breached the Data Protection Act on two occasions, according to an ICO press release. "The fact that the trust lost sensitive personal information on two separate occasions within the space of two months is clearly not acceptable," said ICO Head of Enforcement Sally Anne Poole. The breaches occurred in February and May of this year and involved the improper disposal of patient records. Meanwhile, the group Big Brother Watch has released a report showing that during a three-year period between 2008 and 2011, NHS trusts experienced 806 data breach incidents.
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