European Data Protection Digest

Lawyers Warn of Data-Sharing Risks Following Breach


October 4, 2012

Following a breach at NHS Bournemouth and Poole, lawyers are warning of the legal limits of sharing information with private companies, Health Service Journal reports. The Information Commissioner’s Office found that the health trust breached the Data Protection Act when details on 3,700 patients were shared without patients’ consent. “If the patient doesn’t know beforehand their confidential information will be shared and how they could object, you can’t assume that consent is freely given,” one lawyer advises.
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