Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pharmacist Snooped on Family, Friends' Health Records

A UK pharmacist has been prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after "unlawfully accessing the medical records of family members, work colleagues and local health professionals."

While working at two different healthcare clinics, he misused his computer access to snoop on people not included on the patients he was assigned to work on. Unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence under the UK's Data Protection Act.

"[The pharmacist] unlawfully accessing the medical records of family members, work colleagues and local health professionals."
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
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Sources:
(a) UK: Pharmacist who unlawfully spied on family and friends’ medical records prosecuted - www.PHIprivacy.net, 11/13/2014

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