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Poor Training Led to £70,000 Fine by ICO

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

April 30, 2012

Lack of staff training in data protection and failure to have "suitable checks in place to keep the sensitive information they handled secure" are reasons why Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) has become the first NHS body to be fined by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), BBC News reports. According to an ICO press release, a breach occurred when a doctor e-mailed incomplete and inaccurate patient data to a secretary who in turn e-mailed the information to the incorrect patient. ICO spokesman Stephen Eckersley said ABHB has signed an undertaking to address the ICO's concerns, including "ensuring all staff are made aware of and trained on the organization's" data protection policies. 
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