European Data Protection Digest

Employee Fined for Unauthorised Access

DATA LOSS—UK

January 13, 2012

A former employee of Royal Liverpool university hospital faces fines for unlawfully accessing the medical records of her ex-husband's family, reports The Guardian. The hospital was notified of the possible data breach by one of the victims after he received phone calls from a person he suspected to be his former daughter-in-law, hospital employee Juliah Kechil. Liverpool city magistrates court ordered Kechil to pay fines of £500 and £1,000, as well as a £15 victim surcharge. "People should be able to feel confident that their personal details will be stored securely and only accessed when there is a legitimate business need," said a spokesman for the Information Commissioner's Office.
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