ICO Levies £225,000 Fine on Belfast Trust
PRIVACY LAW—UKJune 20, 2012
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined the Belfast Health Trust £225,000 for failing to secure the sensitive information of Belvoir Park Cancer Hospital patients, UTV News reports. The files of 20,000 patients were discovered abandoned at the hospital, which closed in 2006. "The Trust failed to take appropriate action to keep the information secure, leaving sensitive information at a hospital site that was clearly no longer fit for purpose," said ICO Assistant Commissioner for Northern Ireland Ken MacDonald. "The severity of this penalty reflects the fact that this case involved the confidential and sensitive personal data of thousands of patients and staff being compromised."