Calamity of errors no laughing matter for a health company

A private health company has been fined £200,000 for failing to keep fertility patients’ personal information secure. HCA International Ltd owns a number of private hospitals including the Lister Hospital in London. The hospital provides a range of treatments to private clients including IVF treatment. Handwritten notes made by doctors during consultations with patients were … Continued

Data Protection and social media

A 14 year old Northern Irish school girl has been successful in continuing with her  legal action against Facebook when a naked photograph of her was posted on the social network. Although Facebook said the naked picture was taken down as soon as it was told the Court refused Facebook’s attempt to have the proceedings stopped. … Continued

ICO fines GP practice £40,000

The ICO announced yesterday that it had fined a GP practice £40,000. The practice released patient notes which had included the mother’s details to her estranged ex-partner despite her prior express warning to the practice to be especially careful of her personal information. The ICO’s Head of Enforcement said : “most people would be horrified … Continued

Brexit and the GDPR – where do UK businesses stand?

Much remains to be worked out following the leave vote. What does this mean for data controllers? What is clear is that the DPA remains in force and must be adhered to with those committing serious breaches facing fines up to £500,000. Before Brexit the Information Commissioner was advising businesses to begin preparing for the … Continued