European Data Protection Digest

FOIA Request Reveals Patient Data Breaches Have Doubled

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

April 13, 2012

The number of security breaches involving missing or mishandled patient records have doubled in the last four years. That's according to The Telegraph, which reports that a Freedom of Information Act inquiry revealed incidents such as medical tests in bins outside of hospitals, personal data left on public transportation and faxes sent to unintended recipients. The number of incidents increased from 90 in 2008 to 179 in 2011, the report states.
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