UK’s NHS Breaches Data 6 Times a Day, Including on Social Media

/ 3 years ago


Privacy pressure group Big Brother Watch has conducted research revealing a startling number of sensitive data breaches by the UK’s National Health Service.

On average, data including sensitive medical records, is breached 6 times a day. They discovered that there had been 7,255 reported breaches in the past 3 years.

“The information held in medical records is of huge personal significance and for details to be wrongly disclosed, maliciously accessed or lost is completely unacceptable. With an increasing number of people having access to patients’ information, the threat of data breaches will only get worse.” – Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch.

The report revealed the rather frightening fact that there were at least 50 examples of patient information being posted on social networking sites. Another 143 cases involved staff accessing data for “personal reasons”.

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Source: The Next Web

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