Friday, June 22, 2012

Hospital Fined Over $350,000 for Violation of Data Protection Act

The Belfast Health Trust was fined £225,000 (US $350,707)by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for what the ICO called a serious patient data privacy breach.

The ICO determined that the healthcare trust failed significantly in its duty to its patients. They announced the fine as an example for all organisations about the need to keep personal data secure.
"The severity of this penalty reflects the fact that this case involved the confidential and sensitive personal data of thousands of patients and staff being compromised." - Ken Macdonald, ICO's Assistant Commissioner
Medical files were stolen from a hospital in Belfast and posted online. The private data included sensitive information such as medical records, X-rays, lab results and staff records including unopened payslips.
"It is money we can ill afford." - DUP minister
Kieran McCarthy, Alliance MLA, announce the failure to secure patient records was a horrendous mistake and the large fine something the healthcare organzation can ill afford to pay.

Sources:
(a) Belfast Trust fined over data breach - UTV News, June 19, 2012

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