Will the Information Commissioner’s Office be knocking on your door?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced last week that the first NHS organisation has been fined for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) has been issued with a penalty of £70,000 after information relating to a patient’s health was sent to the wrong person.
Stephen Eckersley, the ICO’s Head of Enforcement confirmed:
“The health service holds some of the most sensitive information available. The damage and distress caused by the loss of a patient’s medical record is obvious, therefore it is vital that organisations across this sector make sure their data protection practices are adequate.”
For further information, please see the ICO News Release: 30th April 2012.
In common with the National Health Service, all Public Sector organisations are required by law to be compliant to the Data Protection Act 1998 and fully obligate their responsibilities with respect to the processing of the personal information of their key stakeholders.
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