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NHS Security breach

Clients often ask us if it's acceptable to fax patient file details to us. Understandably as seen below we are nervous about this and always encourage users to use our secure hosted ftp site for transferring data. After that they can then view our secure, encrypted online ordering service for viewing, editing and ordering files.

Just published is the following article...........

The ICO has been flexing its muscles recently, and rightly so. Following last week’s £70,000 fine to a London Council, on Monday it issued a huge £90,000 fine to a London NHS Trust.

Over a 3 month period Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust faxed patient lists to the wrong recipient on 45 occasions. The lists, sent from the Pembridge Palliative Care Unit, contained sensitive information of 59 individuals and information relating to their medical diagnoses and domestic situations.

The breach was only discovered when the individual receiving the lists informed the Trust. Stephen Eckerlsey, head of the ICO’s enforcement commented:

Patients rely on the NHS to keep their details safe. In this case Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust failed to keep their patients sensitive information secure. The fact that this information was sent to the wrong recipient for three months without anyone noticing, makes this case all the more worrying“.

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I wondered how long it would take for this to happen..........

Valuable data about key aspects of modern Scottish life is being lost in a digital archive "black hole", it has been warned.

The National Library of Scotland said online and social media coverage from the past 20 years was disappearing.

It has urged the UK government to act swiftly on proposals to give libraries the legal right to collect and store electronic publications.

Legislation passed in 2003 is scheduled to be implemented in 2013.

Posted by Allan Hartley

A recent study suggests that Organisations in the UK have not changed their attitudes towards the threat of insider breaches despite the lessons of Wikileaks.

In a survey of IT Professionals 86% could not categorically state how many sensitive files were stored on their networks. Only 41% had an idea of where they were stored and an astonishing 18% had no idea where they were stored at all.

More of a concern was that 32% of them confessed that their organisation had lost data as a result of people abusing file access rights.

Seems we still have a long way to go.

Posted by Allan Hartley

Look out for what will be coming to the UK soon. If you're one of those people who hasn't bothered to figure out how to crank up those Facebook  privacy settings then maybe this will convince you to do so.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given approval to the Social Intelligence Corp which has archives of files on Facebook users' posts as part of a background-checking service reports

The FTC says Social Intelligence complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act which is the same set of rules that keeps your credit records for seven years.

Posted by Allan Hartley

An unnamed third party has been blamed for an error that led to a breach of 83,000 customer records from The Co-operative Group.

The data was related to planning products offered by the Life Planning division of the Co-Operative and an error at a third party support services provider for its life planning and wills and funeral planning division has been blamed for the breach.

Posted by Allan Hartley

I hear the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration has signed and executive order to release all his paper records to the Califirnia State Archive for collection as soon as possible.

Staff say that the paper content equates to about 6 articulated lorry loads of hard copy documents and about 8 terabytes of electonic data. All of the documents will be indexed and made available to the public. The documents include bill files, news releases, speech files and all letters from constituents.

Whatever happened to the paperless office !

Posted by Allan Hartley

This is your invitation to join us for the prestigious 14th Information and Records Management Society Conference, taking place from Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th April 2011.

Posted by Allan Hartley
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