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Nearly 2,500 NHS data breaches each year

14th November 2014

An investigation by a privacy campaign group, Big Brother Watch, has found there are nearly 2,500 breaches of confidentiality by the NHS each year.

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They found instances of private data being stolen and accidentally sent by post or fax.

In total there were 7,255 recorded incidents between April 2011 and April 2014.

As a result of the investigation, Big Brother Watch found:

  • 50 cases of data being posted on social media
  • 103 cases of data being lost or stolen
  • 251 cases of data being inappropriately shared with a third party
  • 236 cases of data being shared by email, letter or fax
The organisation said these mistakes were 'unacceptable'.

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