Press Releases – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Posted in data protection, information commissioner, privacy by coda on May 1, 2009

NHS and e-health information under the spotlight. Mick Gorrill, Assistant Information Commissioner at the ICO, said: “These four cases serve as a stark reminder to all NHS organisations that sensitive patient information is not always being handled with adequate security. It is a matter of significant concern to us that in the last six months it has been necessary to take regulatory action against 14 NHS organisations for data breaches. In these latest cases staff members have accessed patient records without authorisation and on occasions, have failed to adhere to policies to protect such information in transit. There is little
point in encrypting a portable media device and then attaching the password to it.