European Data Protection Digest

ICO Fines NHS Trust 60,000

DATA LOSS—UK

July 12, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust £60,000 for failing to keep private the sensitive medical information of one of its patients, PublicService.co.uk reports. “It’s hard to imagine a more distressing situation for a vulnerable person than the thought of their sensitive health information being sent to someone who had no reason to see it,” said ICO Head of Enforcement Stephen Eckersley, who added, “This breach was clearly preventable and is the result of the trust’s failure to make sure the contact details they have for their patients are accurate and up to date.”
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