European Data Protection Digest

Study: 800-Plus NHS Breach Incidents in Three Years

DATA LOSS—UK

November 4, 2011

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, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The ICO has also 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, while 16 Great Western Hospital employees and 47 NHS Lothian employees were disciplined for privacy breaches. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that reforms aimed at filling in some of the gaps that exist in the efficacy of the NHS's use of patient data are on the way, but privacy advocates have taken issue with the NHS's Secondary Uses of Service when it comes to patient consent and the public release of anonymised data.
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