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NHS data breach fine

1st May 2012

Anuerin Bevan Health Board in Wales must pay a £70,000 penalty after it breached the terms of the Data Protection Act.

The board, which is the first NHS body to receive a fine, gave confidential public data to the wrong person. Stephen Eckersley, the ICO's head of enforcement said: "The health service holds some of the most sensitive information available. The damage and distress caused by the loss of a patient's medical record is obvious, therefore it is vital that organisations across this sector make sure their data protection practices are adequate." 

 

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